Rosemary Karuga (Kenyan, born 1928)
signed ‘Rosemary Karuga’ (lower right)
41 x 30cm
Sold Ksh 258,280
Provenance: Private collection
Karuga was the first Kenyan woman to attend Makerere University in Uganda where she studied from 1950–52. On graduating she struggled to make a living as an artist and her principal profession was teaching. On retirement, she began creating collages that so impressed those who saw them that she began to gain profile illustrating books and then exhibiting, gaining particular renown in France. Her international reputation grew when she was part of a group show alongside El Anatsui and Ablade Glover at the Studio Museum in New York, 1990. She has since featured in many international exhibitions. Karuga’s technique remains consistent – using coloured paper, scissors and glue to create ingenious, characterful portraits of Kenyan daily life and fables.