Solomon Luvai | Kenya

“I know im getting to a point where my work will be hated by many for being too vocal and vulgur on what I do, and I dont mind if I sell work or not,am yet to find my limit but I know im getting somewhere,I really dont mind where it lands me,but as long as its under the sun,im going to create to the best of my ability.”

Solomon Luvai was born in Kenya and currently lives in Nairobi Ngong town and works in Karen village.

He joined college at the Buruburu Institute of Fine Art and attended a Diploma course which couldn’t because of financial reasons. Solomon was formerly under the mentorship of Patrick Mukabi, a well known artist in Kenya.

Solomon is a visual artist who works with mixed media, using paint to fight color blindness while creating art. 

He focuses mainly on human figure drawing and portraits, capturing expressions, movement, angles and perspective. The artist mainly uses charcoal and soft pastels, playing with colors, scribbles, patterns and layers to create shadow and lights.

His main source of inspiration is music, regardless of its genre. According to Solomon, it allows him to deeply connect with the musician and artists whom he often ends up portraying.

Group exhibitions
2022
African identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

2021
Charcoal duo exhibition alongside Hannington Gwanzu at C Dorman HQ (currently ongoing)
Manjano art exhibition at the French culture (Alliance française)
Nomad art gallery show at Cheche books
Open call show at the Boma hotel

2020
Manjano art exhibition virtual show at the Village Market

2019
Dust depo art exhibition at the nairobi railway museum studio exhibition
Kenya Art Panorama exhibition celebrating 70 years of art at the French culture (alliance française)

2018
Manjano art exhibition at the Godown Art Centre
Open call group exhibition at the French culture (alliance française)

2017
Manjano art exhibition at the Godown Art Centre
Affordable art show at the Kenya National Museum
Open call group exhibition at the French culture (alliance française)

2016
Manjano art exhibition at the Godown Art Centre
Dust Depo anniversary show at the French culture (alliance française)

Selected Works

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