“How enlightened is wearing God like some do Versace” –Vanna Bonta.
It was once a dead zone when it came to art, but Nairobi is steadily becoming an African art hub. In recent months, the city has played host to various exhibitions that have had internationally renowned artists paint a different picture of the city.
“Technicians of The Sacred” is the latest solo exhibition by Kenyan-born and international figurehead Longinos Nagila being held at the Art Space in Westlands area of the Kenyan capital.
The visual artist’s latest pieces represent faceless gods in acrylic, Indian ink and charcoal on ivory. His thought provoking works evoke questions like: Who am I? What do I stand for? Who influences my choices and ideologies?
Nagila was born in 1986 in Busia, western Kenya, his parents relocated to the country’s capital in the same year of his birth; it is during his stay in the city that he learnt to nurture his skills as an artist.
The 30-year-old artist held his first solo exhibition in Lecce Italy in 2009-2010 and has continued to showcase his works in various parts of the European country.
Nagila, who discovered his love for art at a tender age, was one of the artists who exhibited their work at the infamous Museo Africano in Verona, Italy in 2012-2013.
Langinos Nagila held his first exhibition in Kenya at Shift-eye Gallery in Nairobi in 2014.
“Technicians of the sacred” exhibition runs from 11th-27th February 2016.