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Kivuthi Mbuno

The paintings of Kivuthi Mbuno have been exhibited in Tokyo, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, London, Berlin, Nagoya, Orrieto, Nairobi among other places (see below) and they can be seen in virtually every book about African art.

Some biographical information on Kivuthi Mbuno:

translated from Italian with friendly permission of www.undo.net/pressrelease/

Kivuthi Mbuno was born in Kenya in the year 1947. He is an recognized master of the international art scene. Already in the early years of the 1990s his works were exhibited in very important museums and private galleries in Europe (Saatchi Collection, London, Germany) and in the United States (Center for African Art, New York).

In the paintings of Kivuthi Mbuno the distinctive chiffres of the art of the African continent are found: a pure and simple lyric, and an enviable ability to face, without some mediation, in an always poetic way, reaching to oneiric, ritual and magic components, the relationship between the I and the world, the I and the others.

The timeless landscapes and horizons (the time is eternally present for the artist), the mythical memories of people (his people, the Wakamba tribe), the scenes of hunting (the legendary "safaris" where the same Mbuno participated as cook) are the subjects in "point of pastel" of an artist who understands well how important it is to guard the world and to speak about the nature (not always benign) not because what is known about it, but because it is loved.

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1988 Gallery Watatu - Nairobi, Kenya
1990 Into the Nineties, Gallery Watatu - Nairobi, Kenya
1990 Africa Now, Saatchi Collection - London, United Kingdom
1990 Kunst uit Kenya, T.U. - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1990 Galerie Zimmermann und Franken - Mönchengladbach, Germany
1991 Africa Explores. 20th Century African Art, Center of African Art - New York, U.S.A.
1991 Mit Pinsel und Meißel. Zeitgenössische Afrikanische Kunst, Museum für Völkerkunde - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1991 Custodians View, African Animals by Africans, Gallery Watatu - Nairobi, Kenya
1992 Rafiki Wa Zamadi, Gallery Watatu - Nairobi, Kenya
1992 Kenya Art Panorama, French Cultural Center - Nairobi, Kenya
1993 Entdeckung. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ostafrika, Stadtmuseum Ludwigshafen - Ludwigshafen, Germany
1993 African Contemporary Art Show, Gallery Parco - Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan
1994 Rencontres africaines, Musée de l'Institut du Monde Arabe - Paris, France
1996 Africaanse kunst bestaat niet, Stadsgalerie Heerlen - Heerlen, The Netherlands
2001 Animal tribale, corpo metropolitano. Arte e fotografia africana contemporanea, Galleria Spazia - Bologna, MIART, Milano, Italy
2002 Animal tribale, corpo metropolitano. Pescheria Nuova - Comune di Rovigo, Italy