Contemporary African Art Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya

Martin Muhoro – Biography

There never were a lot of writing, spelling and mathematical problems in Martin’s school books. Instead, they were full of drawings of zebras, gazelles and giraffes.

Martin Muhoro grew up in the Rift Valley in Kenya. On his way to school he often came close to it’s famous wildlife. He always knew deep inside that he would become an artist, so when he left school in 2001 Martin embraced the struggle he knew lay ahead to make a living with painting. For Martin, as for many other aspiring artists, the road was hard and rocky. There were several moments where he considered giving up, and find “easier” ways of earning a livelihood.

But every time he tried something else, he got restless and eventually Martin always returned to his brushes.

Martin is 28 years old and lives with his family in a small village outside Nairobi.

He has a big family, but he is the only one who has chosen to become an artist.

His father works at a big cement factory and was not very happy with Martin’s choice. He would have preferred his son to seek a steady job in a bank. But as Martin’s talent has unfolded, his father has become very proud of his son.

After many years of artistry, it is still the wild animals that are Martin’s source of inspiration. His paintings are built up in many layers and the motifs are developed with quick brush movements across the canvas.

Martin has a distinct style and he has actually been recognized by a number of Kenyan cultural institutions who have invited him to exhibit his works.

Biographical Information

Name: Martin Muhoro
Date of Birth: 1984
Place of Birth:
Resides: Just outside Nairobi
Graduated from: School of Life
Graduated in: Self-taught
Marital Status:
Style: Painter

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