The Matatus of Dennis Muraguri

The Matatus of Dennis Muraguri

One of the key features of Nairobi is the mobile canvases across the cities. Matatus, the standard mode of transportation, for many Nairobi’s over showcases Nairobi’s unique personality as a sprawling metropolis. Artist Dennis Muragari is a visual artist who has been capturing these vehicles in his work.

Dennis Muraguri, born in 1980 in Naivasha is a multimedia artist, now based in Nairobi, working in painting, printmaking and sculpture. Muraguri graduated from Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts with a diploma in Painting and Art History. He has been a resident artist at Kuona Trust Art Centre since 2005.

Muraguri is mostly recognized for his body of work inspired by ‘matatu’ (Kenyan minibuses and vans that are the main mode of public transport). In these works, he employs a range of approaches to look at urban culture of contemporary Nairobi. In his work, Muraguri explores urban culture of contemporary Nairobi. In his sculptures Muraguri works with recycled wood and metal to create a representation of the industrialization in Kenya. – Circle Kenya

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