Charles Sekano (South African, born 1943)
Signed ‘signature’ (lower left)
Oil pastel on paper
51 x 76 cm
Sold Ksh 446,120
Provenance: private collection
Charles Sekano fled the apartheid regime in South Africa and emigrated to Nairobi where he worked as a visual artist and musician for 30 years. During this time he became one of a select group of artists represented by Gallery Watatu. His drawings and paintings celebrated the bohemian and multi-racial world of the 1980’s Nairobi nightclubs that offered an escape from the oppression of the political regime he had left.
Sekano’s work is widely collected; he has exhibited in Kenya, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and the USA. His works are in private collections across the world and in various museums including the Volkekunde Museum, Frankfurt and the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA. They regularly appear at international art auctions.