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Martin Kamuyu

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Kamuyu was born in 1972, at a place called Rironi in Limuru of Kiambu district in Central Province of Kenya. He joined Ruiru high school for his secondary education whereby unfortunately after his three years in high school his mother suffered stroke resulting to Kamuyu dropping out from school in order to take care for his younger brothers and sisters as he is the first born of his family. After his domestic work every day Kamuyu was reluctant for several days which led to a recall of art interest while in his primary school and there he started with sketches which he could later decorate with different plants leaves, soil, charcoal and egg yolk. In August 1992 Shine Tani visited Kamuyu and he was impressed of Kamuyu's work and encouraged him to continue. Moreover, he took Kamuyu with him for accommodation in his house whereby he was fully supported with painting materials, food and shelter. Later and until today Kamuyu lives and works on his own. He has being doing research on art trying to search for his style of which he has got and satisfied, his works are more of impression of daily lives, culture and educative. He says art is his career as he was lucky once employed as designer and painter in Product Design And Development Center which he later quit for his artwork. He has done a lot of local and international exhibitions.


1992 Young talents exhibition, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1993 Young talents exhibition, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1994 New art from Nairobi - Philadelphia, USA
1994 Art from Banana hill, Waltrop, Germany
1995 Banana hill art for Africa, Dortmund, Germany
1995 East Africa for East Africa industries, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1996 Heart expressions, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1996 Exhibition in Paraguay, South America
1996 Exhibition for the Banana hills, Koeln, Germany.
1997 East Africa for East Africa industries, National Museum Nairobi, Kenya
1997-2002 Art Affair, Nairobi, Kenya
1997 Exhibition at the UNEP for small town calleder, Nairobi, Kenya
1998 Heart expression, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Bomb Blast terror exhibition, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Art from Nairobi, Kubatana Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
2000 Painterthon, Yaya Center, Nairobi, Kenya
2001 Street exhibition, Ramoma, Nairobi, Kenya
2001 Strokes on the hills, Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya
2002 Strokes on the hills, National Museum Nairobi, Kenya
2002 Reduction at Corat-Africa, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya