Alex Wainana is a self taught artist and has been doing sculptures for more than 15 years. Hooked up in art by Gallery Watatu former manager Ruth Schaffer, she encouraged him when she saw one of his first small metal sculptures. It was his turning point and since then, he has been growing into one of the best junk metal sculptors in the East African region.
With a touch of humour, Alex manages to blend elements of African culture and environment. Alex uses only recycled material found at junk yards, he breathes life into recycled metal in a most creative way. His work mostly depicts colour ranging from animal heads, fishes, insects and sometimes even sacred personalities.
Born in Thika District central Kenya, Alex took formal education from primary, O level then enrolled in a technical institute for four years under Agricultural Engineering and mechanics and craft. “This is where I learned about different types and qualities of metals and their characteristics plus lathing and welding. I made caricatures for the magazine of the institute, and I kept the notice board filled with daily cartoons on daily life.