Kivuthi Mbuno distinctive style, at times referred to as primitive or unschooled, often depicts images of soflty presented animals in harmoniously fantastical envoronments of a bygone time. Mbuno’s worldview oscillates between two poles: he will paint a whole series of ‘happy’ paintings for a time and then paint ‘problem’ paintings for the next period. On the whole, Mbuno’s ‘happy’ paintings outnumber the ‘problem’ ones. His most successful are those of people and animals when faced with calamity.

Consostent on his style and inspired by Africa's culture and environment, particularlycthe traditional life of the Kamba trive, Mbuno has worke steadily and his work has been severally featured in museums and galleries in Kenya and abroad.

In 2013, Mbuno was given the honour of representing Kenya at the 55th edition of the prestigious Venice Biennale

Kivuthi Mbuno

Kivuthi Mbuno




Sign Up To Our Newsletter

Thanks for submitting!

Banana Hill Art Gallery

Banana Hill Art Gallery is a contemporary African art gallery located in Banana Hill, just west of the Nairobi city centre.


Since its inception, it has played a pivotal role in building the Contemporary art scene in Kenya by representing a core group of emerging and established artists from East Africa and the continent in general.

Find Us

Banana Hill, Kenya

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Sunday, 12pm - 6pm


+254 (0) 71 175 6911 

+254 (0) 70 080 7362

+254 (0) 73 388 2660

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

© 2021 Banana Hill Art Gallery. Created by Lucas on Editor X.