Charles Sekano (South African, born 1943)
Untitled, between 1980-1990
Signed ‘CH Sekano’ (lower left)
Oil pastel on paper
75 x 50cm
Sold Ksh 399,160
Provenance: private collection
Charles Sekano fled the apartheid regime in South Africa, emigrating to Paris and then to Nairobi where he worked as both a visual artist and musician during the 1980s.
He was part of a select group of Gallery Watatu artists under the guidance of Ruth Schaffner. His drawings and paintings celebrated the bohemian and multi-racial world of the Nairobi nightclubs that offered an escape from the oppression of the political regime of the time. Charles Sekano is widely collected; he has exhibited in Kenya, Holland, Germany, Japan and the U.S. His works are in private collections across the world and in various museums including Volkekunde Museum, Frankfurt, and the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts.