Meet The Artist.
Social Justice Campaign
Nairobi series, consisting of Nairobi#1 and #2 is a biro pen series where I study the life and environment in Nairobi city. Having grown up in Nairobi city, I would like to capture the essence of the place. The hefty traffic, beautiful architecture, and noisy crowds of people are a modern orchestra in their own way. The culture is rich and a typical day in Nairobi is one to behold.
African faces series.
A biro pen series appreciating different face painting and cultures from around the continent.
The Coca-Cola stands some that have been around for a long time, and they are named in Swahili names. The word “Amani” means peace in Swahili, nevertheless, I did this piece during the election period in Kenya to send a message of peace.
My name is Daniel Nuru born in Nairobi, Kenya. I am currently based in Happening Arts, Dorobo road. Got interested in art at a very young age and began expressing myself using small sketches and doodles. I have participated in exhibitions such as the festival of sound and art at Sarit Center, and The Affordable Art show held at the national museum.
Growing up I always drew tiny sketches on the back cover of my exercise book and even on my exam papers. My sketches consisted of objects and people in my immediate surrounding. As I grew up, I always felt left out because of my different way of thinking and perceiving things. This made me seek refuge in my art. Through that, I experimented with various mediums and crafting with day-to-day objects making use of any resources around me. Over time, I have become better at portraying the world around me using accurate shapes and striking colors. That gave birth to the type of work I do today. My art consists of various concepts that portray the world I grew up in, Nairobi city. I draw the cityscapes and streets in a biro pen.
This brings out a nostalgic effect and through this, I would like future generations to know what it was like to be In Nairobi city at the beginning of this century. In addition to biro pen art, I paint various objects in the environments around me. From the slums of Nairobi to kiosks in the upcountry sides of Kenya. In such pieces, I like to capture the culture of different places using various shapes and contrast. I also use oil pastels and charcoal as a medium mostly for practicing artistic concepts and studies. My main sources of inspiration are Patrick Mukabi, Sane Wadu, Njogu Kuria and graffiti artist Bankslave. The African essence and culture greatly influence my work. I draw and paint from photography that I take from the places I visit. My techniques are biro pen art that borders realism and abstract shapes.