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Nairobi’s vibrant art market points to a boom

Financial Times | Catrina Stewart:

Appreciation has grown for contemporary Kenyan art, both at home and abroad. As Paul Onditi prepared to move his family back to Kenya after a decade as a struggling artist in Germany, his former art school professor tried to dissuade him. “How can you leave your life here and go back?” the teacher asked. “How will you survive?” But Onditi says he was barely surviving in Europe. “I had nine years of [financial] drought. It’s winter, it’s minus 20, you can’t heat your house, the water is cut off, there is not enough money to buy food.”… Read more

Image: Fresh perspective: Paul Onditi, in his Nairobi studio, has seen demand and prices for his work soar since he returned to Kenya

2018-10-23T18:46:48+00:00