‘… I am largely inspired by nature and human behaviour. I like capturing people and their fantasies, the gentleness of life, as perceived by us in birds, butterflies … ’

Douglas Musyoki has been painting for over 15 years and is well collected, more so locally. One of the pioneering resident artists of Kuona when it was based at the National Museums of Kenya, he has distinguished himself from this crop (the likes of Elung’at, Kimemia, Okello and Kamwathi ) with his warm palette, intricate oils lying technique – vibrant undertones that give his canvases a textual feel – and the comforting and often embracive human characters. His subjects have consistently been the long African robed ‘Friends’ (as he calls them) … in their usual chores and merry making. There is an enticing naivety to his subjects who seem gifted with a utopian world full of music, sunny days and playful birds.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Art festival’, National museums, 2004
  • ‘Utopia’, RaMoMA, 2004
  • ‘Art festival’, National Museums of Kenya, 2005
  • ‘African culture, African Colours’, African Colours & Fiesta, 2005
  • ‘The journey’, National museums of Kenya, 2004
  • ‘Millennium goals’, United Nations, Nairobi.
  • ‘African colours’, Nairobi, 2006
  • International life house, Nairobi , 2007