Boniface Maina (Kenyan, born 1987)
Regression Graph, 2016
Signed ‘Maina. b 2016’ (lower right)
Mixed media on paper
131 x 153 cm

Ksh 220,000-320,000
(US$ 2,000-3,000)
Sold Ksh 234,800

Provenance: direct from the artist

Boniface Maina is an emerging Kenyan painter whose figurative, surrealist works have been rapidly gaining critical attention.

This piece is from an ongoing body of work called Line of Inquiry in which Maina uses ink and pen to visualize a process of self-psychoanalysis. Regression Graph indicates the temporary return to infantile behaviour as a defence mechanism; a shield against confrontation with reality.

Maina graduated with a Diploma in Art and Design from the YMCA Training Institute of Nairobi in 2008. He is a founding member of Brush Tu Art Studio and Discovered Artistic Talents (DArTs). He has exhibited widely in Nairobi over the last 10 years, recently holding a solo exhibition at The Art Space, Kenya