My Biography

I am a Kenyan artist living in Nairobi. After finishing  my secondary education, I studied for a BA in Nottingham, England in International Relations and completed an MSc at Birkbeck College, London University, in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.

Painting has always been my passion, I was drawing from as early as I can remember. However, it is only in the last few years that I have been able to follow it as a full-time profession.

My working life began in the challenging field of mental health in London. While I found the work immensely rewarding, it was nevertheless hugely draining.

My second career was within the realm of humanitarian aid. I wanted to make a difference in the world and explore places I had never been to, all the while gaining experience and knowledge from them. Six months in Afghanistan working for a Danish organisation certainly provided for what I can only describe as a tough but hugely rewarding time.

Following Afghanistan, I worked for IRC, a US based NGO, in Nairobi and Turkana in northern Kenya.

These days, I am delighted to be spending most of my time home in Nairobi following my true passion, painting. My inspiration comes from the daily vibrancy around me every day in this great, cosmopolitan city.

I have two studios that I work from, one at home in Karen, and another one in Kuona Collectives in Kilimani. Always happy to receive visitors.

Mbugua Kimani


November 2017 Kenya Art Fair
October 2017 Affordable Art Exhibition at the Kenya Museum
September 2017 Mckinsey (Mixed Media Exbition)
November 2015 Kenya Art Fair
October 2014 Purdy Arms, Karen

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