Contemporary African Art Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya

Patrick Kinuthia – Biography

Patrick Kinuthia wrote the following text himself, in which he describes his sources of inspiration, his growth and some of the highlights in his career:
My early influences were Norman Rockwell.

I remember sifting through a rubbish pit at home when I was around 12 years old and found a Readers Digest magazine featuring his work and I remember being engrossed with his photographic like paintings and got to work sometimes using dust and water on paper.

Later I got to see prints of David Shepherd wildlife art and got inspired to do wildlife paintings

After leaving High School in 1984, I went to work in our family movie business (Citizen Cinema Corp.) as a publicity artist for our various movie halls while being  tutored by a Pakistani realist artist and mural painter while we both worked in the company.

In 1989, I left the the family business to work for CarnaudMetalbox as a graphic artist and designer.

While working there I studied graphic design at the Kenya Polytechnic college.

I left the company in 1997 to become a freelance artist. Though I started with oils I fell for the effects of watercolours washes and got to paint maasai portraits and cultural scenes and exhibited and sold many of them to major galleries in Nairobi and Nanyuki. I still do watercolours occasionally but not as much as acrylics, which I specialize in.

My style in wildlife paintings is realist in rendering with emphasis of light on my subjects but impressionist on my market scenes, cultural and portrait art.

For six years I have been going round the market places in the outskirts of Nairobi for my markets painting projects.

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Caltex Plaza, Parklands Nairobi, Kenya

Tazama art gallery (Junction & Yaya Centre), Kenya

Mount Kenya Safari art gallery
Bongo exhibition

Dung beetle ball in aid of Odstock Educational Fund, England

Matbronze, Karen, Kenya
Talisman Restaurant Karen, Kenya.

RaMoMa art gallery, Kenya
Banana Hill Art Gallery, Kenya
Food for thought Africa, Northern Ireland
International School of Kenya

Biographical Information

Patrick KinuthiaName: Patrick Peter Kinuthia
Date of Birth:
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Graduated from: Creative Arts Centre
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Style: Painter: realist style for wildlife, impressionist style when doing market scenes
Marital Status: Married with two sons

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