Patrick Mukabi aka “Panye” is the Godfather of art in Kenya. His paintings are found in the main international airport in Kenya, JKIA; the ultimate coffee house in Nairobi, Java House; and private collections locally and internationally.
Born on the 9th October 1969, Patrick Mukabi’s formal art education began in 1988 with a one year course in Basic Illustration at the Creative Art Centre. After completing the course, he did a two year Certificate in a Graphic Design course at the Kenya Polytechnic in Nairobi.
Patrick participated in his first group exhibition in 1994, and in the following year, he won the nomination for the Best New Artist at the East African Industries Annual Exhibition, held at Gallery Watatu in Nairobi.
His work depicts the ordinary women he sees out and about in the neighbourhoods of Nairobi. The women are always kanga-clad, beaming luxuriously, and he finds them ‘more interesting’. He says, ‘Women are the fabric of African society. If a woman is poor, the next generation is also poor: how well women are doing is a barometer of the health of the society.’
His cut-outs made from the scrap iron sheets of the destroyed houses and businesses from the 2007 post-election violence, are poignant expressions of sympathy and solidarity with it’s unfortunate victims.