Boniface Maina - portrait

Boniface Maina

Kenya 1987


Boniface Maina
Boniface Maina
September 19, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Born in 1987, Boniface Maina is a Kenyan artist who represents a new breed of promising young contemporary artists in Nairobi. He has exhibited widely in East Africa and internationally. Maina works primarily with acrylics on canvas and ink on paper. He is inspired by human reactions, personal experiences, dreams and daily encounters which he illustrates through his surrealist scenes and figures. His interest is in everyday human behavior and interaction.

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Boniface Maina – Kura Ye Mhesimiwa (Honorable Note), 2017 (Left) / Undoing, 2016 (Right)

Boniface Maina Art

Thus Maina is part of a new generation of artists who are finding fame and fortune both at home and abroad through a combination of training, exposure and inner reflection based on their unique perspective in present-day Kenya. In his previous exhibitions, he criticizes the rich nations and asks the reason for their love for the poor countries of the world. He also deals with the oddities in foreign policy and international relations. But also the classical themes of the performing arts such as love and music are represented in his work. He is one of the co-founders of the Brush Tu Art Studio in Nairobi, where young artists enter into cooperative ventures.

The artist is represented by LKB/G Gallery.

Boniface Maina lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya.

Featured image: Boniface Maina – portrait
All images courtesy LKB/G Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017TRANSITIONSNairobi National Museum, Nairobi, KenyaSolo
2017ART TRANSPOSITION: Kampala - Nairobi - HamburgLKB/G, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2017Lamu ExhibitionCircle Art Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2017Young GunsCircle Art Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2017Circle Art AuctionCircle Art Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2016Line of inquiry (sediments of self)Nairobi, KenyaSolo
2016Kenya Art FairNairobi, KenyaGroup
2016Young TalentsGlobal Art Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2016Kampala Art AuctionKampala, UgandaGroup
2015Kenya Art FairNairobi, KenyaGroup
2015Empty walls no moreNairobi, KenyaGroup
2015Russian Embassy ResidenceNairobi, KenyaGroup
2014Finding Voice I, II and IIIKenya National Theatre, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2014Group showKenya National Museum, Nairobi, KeniaGroup
2014Kenya Art FairNairobi, KenyaGroup
2013Group showGlobal Art Gallery, Thorup, DenmarkGroup
2012Discovered TalentsKenya National Museum, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2012Group showOne-Off Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2010Unveiling AfricaAlliance Francaise, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2010Group showItalian Institute of Culture, Nairobi, KenyaGroup