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Art

Kamwathi's quest to create from the heart and mind

Peterson Kamwathi with his soft-steel sculpted people. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG
Peterson Kamwathi with his soft-steel sculpted people. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG 

Peterson Kamwathi is one of several globe-trotting contemporary Kenyan artists who has achieved world-class acclaim. For not only is his art part of the British Museum’s permanent collection in London. Not only is he one of the first half dozen Kenyan ‘creatives’ to be showcased at the Venice Biennale. And not only has his art been exhibited in public and private exhibitions all over the world.

Kamwathi has also been invited to take part in numerous art workshops and residencies where he’s been able to hatch some of his most ingenious artistic ideas at the same time as he’s quietly contemplated issues that challenge his mind and stimulate his desire to translate concepts into original works of art.

But over this holiday season, Kamwathi has been working from home, or rather from his Riara Ridge studio which is just a stone’s throw from his family home.

He also found time recently to attend the opening of Red Hill Gallery’s ‘Eclectic’ exhibition where two of his paintings are on display. It was there that we found Kamwathi who, despite his world renown and his artistic success, is a humble self-effacing man who’s not only accessible and warm.

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