Peterson Kamwathi is an established Kenyan artist known for his painterly-based practice saturated with social, political or environmental references. By exploring and employing various archives, layering them in a specific order, Kamwathi constructs strong figurative narratives which tackle both the personal and collective experience. With his symbolic, yet conceptual works often produced in series, the artist tends to explore the local historical burden of colonialism and its effects and the global contemporary issues.
Kamwathi was part of various residencies, exhibited in other African and European countries and the US, and was part of the Nairobi Art Trusts’ Amnesia Project and the Jet-Lag experiment project in 2008 and 2009.
Featured image: Peterson Kamwathi – Court III, 2011 (detail). Charcoal, pastel on paper. 60 1/5 × 71 7/10 in. 153 × 182 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger