Chelenge Van Rampelberg (Kenyan, born 1960)
135 x 48 x 56cm
Sold Ksh 446,120
Provenance: direct from the artist through One Off Contemporary Art Gallery
Chelenge Rampelberg is Kenya’s first professional female sculptor. She turned to the arts at the age of twenty five when her husband discovered her paintings under the bed and showed them to Ruth Schaffner of Nairobi’s premier gallery at the time, Gallery Watatu. Today, Chelenge is amongst the most respected artists in Kenya. Her wooden sculpture and woodcut plates explore African culture and the minutiae of human relationships.
Chelenge has held a number of solo exhibitions in Kenya and Japan. Her works can be found in numerous collections in Kenya including the Sankara Hotel, Nairobi. In September 2013, Chelenge exhibited a series of painted woodcut plates at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, primarily depicting gorillas that portrayed the different facets of human nature and emotion.