Art heals. art saves and art teaches; at least that is what I believe. I have been following a few artists whose work takes me to different worlds that I have imagined and the few that I have seen. I love how relatable all the painting are to me.
Michael W. Soi (1972) is a Kenyan artist who has been working in Nairobi since 1995 after completion of his fine art and art history studies. His work provides a photographic diary of Nairobi and other places. Michael Soi’s artwork satirically reflects some really interesting social, political and economical trends.
Wilson Ngoni is an amazing visual artist from Botswana whose oil on canvas painting always invoke feeling of joy in me as intended by the artist. The portraits are quite poetic in bringing about a rich sense of Botswana culture, the kind we don’t see everyday; wildlife in its habitat, and the San in their daily musings amongst others. His drawings are brought about the sights he sees and his experiences as he travels around Botswana. For me there is always something familiar about his painting based on people or places I have seen as well as the places and the people that I dream about.
Caleb Chisha is an artist from Zambia who has grown big since he started with his art when he was young. His work has the ability to the viewer into different worlds as the viewer gets to be exposed to different societies. I chose 6 of my favourite painting to include below because they are centered around women and children. For me these painting show the lengths that women go through to protect their children and provide for their families as best as they can through all the hardships.