Circle Art Auction 2015 Lot 37 Raza Mohamed

Raza Mohamed (Tanzanian, born 1946)
The Masks, 2000
Signed ‘RAZA’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
93 x 80 cm

Ksh 121,000-165,000
(US$ 1,100-1,500)
Sold Ksh 187,840

Provenance: direct from the artist

Raza Mohamed was born in Tanzania but moved to Mombasa, Kenya when he was young. He later returned to Arusha where he began work as an artist, book illustrator and stamp designer. Mohamed was selected to go to the USA with the Crossroad Africa Operation, an event showcasing the work of several African artists. He was also invited to Moscow to produce medals for high ranking army officers involved in the Ugandan Army during Idi Amin’s regime. In 1964 Raza Mohamed moved to Mwenge, near Dar es Salaam, where he now works as a full-time artist.