Justus Kyalo (Kenyan, born 1972)
Tofauti Yangu Nawe I & II (diptych), circa 2006
Signed ‘signature’ (upper middle) and ‘signature’ (upper left)
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 51.5 cm & 48 x 50 cm
Sold Ksh 328,720
Provenance: private collection
Trained as an illustrator, Justus Kyalo has become one of Kenya’s most respected contemporary artists. Over the past twenty years he has undertaken a rich visual journey towards abstraction. From loose figurative work, largely inspired by movement and dance, he has more recently painted pure, multi-layered, colour fields that absorb and envelop the viewer.
His work is in many collections including KPMG, the French Embassy, Ford Foundation, Safaricom and the World Bank, Washington. He has exhibited widely in Kenya, including a retrospective solo exhibition at Redhill Art Gallery in 2013, as well as in Europe and America. In 2009 he was included in the distinguished exhibition Africa Now, at the World Bank, Washington D.C.