Contemporary African Art Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya

Salum Kambi – Biography

My name is Salum Kambi

I was born in Dar es Salaam. My love for art started at a very early age. While in primary school I made drawings of my schoolmate Gibons Mlowe, who proved to be the perfect model. When I finished my primary school, I was nominated as the Best School Artist.

I am a self-taught artist. But because we all need to learn from others, I used workshops to improve my skills.

My big inspiration is a Tanzanian, well-established painter, Raza Mohamed. We both live in Mwenge, close to each other. Another source of inspiration has been my father, who has stimulated me in my art for as long as I can remember.

I bring out a totally different approach to canvas oil and acrylic painting. My technique is to use either a palate knife or a fine brush, and sometimes both. I love to paint women as I strongly feel that women in Africa sacrifice a lot for their families. They combine strength and perseverance, and lift their families out of hardship through their never-ending commitments.

My art has been exhibited in places like Denmark, Norway, Italy, the USA, Finland and the Netherlands, and of course also in Tanzania. In 2004 I was selected to showcase my work at the African Art Festival in Rome (Italy). In that same year, one one of my paintings was chosen to hang in the reception building of State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Biographical Information

Salum portrait
Name:Salum Kambi
Place of Birth:Dar es Salaam
Date of Birth:
Resides:Mwenge (Tanzania)
Graduated from: Self-taught
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Style: Painter
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