Peter Ngugi (Kenyan, born 1978)
Cat, undated
Signed ‘ghose’ (lower right)
Oil on paper
28 x 28.5 cm
Ksh 100,000 – 180,000 ARR
(US$) 1,000 – 1,900
Provenance: Private collection

Born and raised in Nairobi, Peter Ngugi is a self-taught artist whose work is often drawn from observations of nature and the environment around him. Working predominantly in painting and sculpture, Ngugi’s work has evolved from realistic depictions of nature and people to dynamic compositions chronicling interpersonal relationships in the contemporary Kenyan society. The painting featured in this year’s auction is from an early period where Ngugi combined the formal qualities of surrealism and imagery drawn from around Kenya to create stylized, elegant depictions of wildlife.

Ngugi’s work has been collected privately, both locally and internationally, and features in the collections of NCBA Bank Kenya and Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital. He lives and works in Thika, Kenya.