Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 3 Nadir Tharani

Nadir Tharani (Tanzanian, born 1952)
Bringing Light to the Earth, 2014
Signed ‘Tharani’ (lower middle)
Mixed media on paper
89.9 x 63 cm
Ksh 290,000 – 395,000
(US$) 2,200 – 3,000
Provenance: from the artists collection
Sold Ksh 316,980

Born in Moshi, Tanzania, Nadir Tharani studied Architecture at UCL in London whilst exploring the visual arts – including graphics, print work, and illustration, at the same time. He was a founding member of the architectural magazine 9H in the UK in the late 1970s.

Tharani has held several solo exhibitions in Dar es Salaam and has also exhibited in the UK, Denmark, Iraq, Finland and Kenya. Selected group exhibitions include the touring exhibition Africa Now in 2008–2009 and East African Encounters and Paper II, both at Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, in 2014 and 2016. His graphic and print work has been shown at various print biennales in London and Berlin, he has written and illustrated numerous children’s books and he has designed site-specific architectural installations in the UK, India and Tanzania. His works are in collections in Kenya, USA, UK, Sweden, Canada and Brazil.