Sebastian Kiarie is one of the most respected and collected artists in the region. Born in 1971 the self-taught artist developed his artistic talent at a young age and pursued this interest throughout his elementary and tertiary schooling. But it was his other Ngecha artists including the legendary Wanyu Brush and Sane Wadu who heightened his interest in mainstream art in early 1990s.
Kiarie’s interest in mythology and symbolism is evident in his work. He has been greatly fascinated by the qualities of the African woman and this has great prominence in his works. He also does social commentary. His work has a narrative quality and integrates a stylized figuration that ‘captures the context, moment and position’.
He has participated in over 20 exhibitions in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, England, Germany, Japan and the USA. In 1995 he was the winner of ‘The most outstanding artist in East Africa Award’ by the East Africa Industries, Kenya. In 2000 was one of the five winners of the Kenya National Round of the World – wide Millennium painting competition. He also wan the French-Kenya Millennium calendar Prize in 2000. And in 2001, the Kenya Constitutional Review- First prize for the “Best Painting” Title of painting, ‘The Table of countrymen’