Lot 42 John Kamicha (Kenyan, born 1976) Untitled, undated, at the Art Auction East Africa 2019

John Kamicha (Kenyan, born 1976)
Untitled, undated
Signed ‘JKAMICHA’ (lower right)
Mixed media on canvas
131.5 x 31.4 cm

Ksh 150,000–200,000
(US$ 1,350–1,800)
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Provenance: private collection

John Kamicha has had a life-long engagement with art as the son of pioneering Kenyan Artist, Zachariah Mbuthia. Growing up in the dynamic metropolis of Nairobi, Kamicha developed into an artist who has turned away from traditional motifs and imagery, opting instead to experiment with materials and form, with a practice that spans painting, collage and video. Of note is the notoriety Kamicha gained for works that challenged social mores and religious conventions, preferring to dwell on taboo subjects.

Kamicha’s work has been featured in exhibitions locally and internationally, notably the FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time, a project of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, in 2016; Urban Africans, Dutch Embassy, Dakar, 2016; and POP-UP Africa, and the Gallery of African Art, London 2014.