Born in 1977, WILLIS OTIENO, studied art at the Mwangaza School of Visual Arts in Kisumu, Graduating with a Diploma in Fine art in 1999.
He has never limited himself to one painting technique or shunned experimenting with different techniques and mediums; he is continuously experimenting and exploring new techniques, possibilities and realms, his most successful experiment being the use of egg shell powder to ‘paint’ with.
His love for Africa and African culture is reflected in his art, which majorly portrays the African cultural heritage and lifestyle. A concern for the atrocities that bedevil the continent is also a matter that is deeply rooted in his heart. He addresses the plight and emancipation of the African women and children that find themselves in the mix when conflicts arise through his art. “Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart” He says.
Children in famine, victims of torture by oppressors, helpless old people a heavy burden to their families and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. “I long to alleviate the evil, but beat me! I too suffer”
He lives and works in Kisumu; and is married with three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons.