We’ve consolidated the new shows about to open and the shows that are up and running into one list for you here…


ROWS AND COLUMNS | Baraka Shamia

Rows and Columns 2024 – Baraka Shamia

Until 19 May

In this exhibition Shamia depicts figures, which are not clearly human. He states that the Scarecrow is a major guiding visual.  He describes the studied experience of a Scarecrow, embodying a dance fueled by winds and rain.He explores the evolution of the significance of this image of man, the aspect of a boundary between man and nature and to whom the power to decide and cross boundaries lies. The works examine the relationship between people and the natural environment and the urge of man to rearrange, domesticate and commercialise nature. The pieces explore the geometry and uniformity that results from man’s encroachment on nature.

One-Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Rosslyn Lone Tree. www.oneoffafrica.com



Chronology of a Thought (Jana, Leo, Kesho) 2024 – Shabu Mwangi
Opening reception Wednesday 24 April, 6pm. Shows until 25 May.
Shabu Mwangi‘s practice focuses on the effects of contemporary and historical violence, and other forms of marginalization on individual and collective psyches. Mwangi’s mixed media compositions are an abstracted emotional reflection of societal and cultural fissures. His current body of work  when faced with structural violence that affect the individual, community and society at large.
Circle Art Gallery, Victoria Square, Riara Road | www.circleartagency.com  @circleartagency


Image courtesy of Alliance Francaise Nairobi
 16 – 28 April
Kenyan artist, Maggie Otieno, presents a body of work that speaks of stories from the earth.  Using old, discarded, and distressed materials, with the primary material being 200 years old railway sleepers sourced from India and Kenya, Maggie’s sculptures carry the burden of untold tales demanding to be understood.
Alliance Francaise, Utali St. | www.afkenya.org @afkenya

LIFE IS A JOURNEY | Ruth Nyakundi

Ruth’s Roots 2004

10 April – 5 May

Nyakundi’s painting is concerned with cultural and personal identity. She emphasizes that we are not makers of history, we made history, stating: “You cannot build a cultural identity without the image and sounds of your culture. You are entitled to explore and embrace your culture identity no matter where you are starting from. Going back to our roots and remembering the humble background one comes from is an antidote to hubris. This keeps us firmly rooted and grounded”.

Nairobi National Museum, Creativity Gallery @nationalartgalleryofkenya

CREATIVE INNOVATION HERITAGE, Exploring the creative mind | Leonard Kateete

Art by Leonard Kateete, courtesy @nationalartgalleryofkenya

13 April – 31 May

Nairobi National Museum, Creativity Gallery @nationalartgalleryofkenya


Image credit: @bananahillartgallery

Until 26 April

Immerse yourself in the beauty and richness of Africa. Let the artworks transport you to the heart of Kenya and beyond, where you can experience the magic and wonder of Africa’s landscapes, wildlife, and people.

Banana Hill Art Gallery, Banana Hill | www.bananahillgallery.com @bananahillartgallery


Opening event April 26, 6-10pm. RSVP required: 0713825250. Only RSVP guest list admitted.

Show runs until 16 May.

Rooted in portraiture, experimental works and installations, Elmuontasir’s work transcends social and political boundaries, inviting viewers to reflect on the complexities of contemporary life.

Tribal Gallery, Loresho Ridge.


Fronds of the Wall by She’Rustica 

27 April – 4 May

Immerse yourself in a world where metal whispers secrets and sculptures come alive. A mesmerizing solo art exhibition that defies convention and ignites your imagination.

254 Brewing Co. Taproom, Nderi Road,Kikuyu

ENDEMIC | Kadallah Burrowes & Anansi Revolutionary Collective

Image credit: @kadallah_

19 April – 5 May, Wednesdays through to Sunday from 12 -6pm.

Through a fusion of multimedia experiences, Endemic looks at an ongoing apocalypse, where feelings of helplessness, rage and angst collide in a cacophony of artistic expression. From the fringes of a technological singularity to the commercialization and erasure of spirituality, each piece serves as a pointer to the crises we face, their interconnectedness and the urgency of awakening to them.

Munyu Space, Basement, The Mall, Westlands


Untitled Series – Xenson 2019

Until 13 July

Xenson (Samson Ssenkaaba, b. 1978) is a Kampala-based multimedia artist. ‘Olidde mupipa’ (Luganda) is an idiomatic expression that translates to ‘you have eaten from the barrel (the dustbin)’. The phrase implies that one has arrived too late for something, that they have to make do with leftovers. More specifically, the expression refers to the steel drums, which are often sold and repurposed. In his practice, Xenson has adopted these steel barrels, and their offshoots, as a support for painting and as building blocks for the sculptures and installations that make up this exhibition.

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NCAI (Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute), Rosslyn Riviera. www.ncai254.com


Here it From a Friend – Richard Kimathi

Until 19 May

Based in Nairobi, Kimathi’s work is confident in line, composition and colour; profound in expression; elegant in its simplicity and honesty; and camouflaged in a caricature-like reductionism rendering a deep and movingly empathetic portrayal of the circumstances of the common Kenyan: the suffering, dignified always, heroic even and without self-pity, privately worn and stoically bourne, as if simply the price of life; patient but, in the compassionate brushwork of the artist, transitory and  redeemable. This sensitivity permeates the entire body of his work.

One-Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Rosslyn Lone Tree. www.oneoffafrica.com


Boniface Maina courtesy of Red Hill Art

Show extended until 12 May

The body of work delves into the intricate interplay between isolation and captivity, escape and freedom and responsibility, calmness and chaos, and the myriad choices that shape our daily lives. The artist skillfully applies diverse mediums to craft the final expression, ink and bleach drawings on paper and carving and painting on wooden plates, creating a three-dimensional, relief like designed surface. At its core, the endeavor is centered on crafting pieces that strike an ideal equilibrium between form and resilience, encapsulating a harmonious balance of density and strength.

Red Hill Art Gallery, off St. Julian’s Rd., Gatatha Rd, Red Hill www.redhillartgallery.com


Image @onyismartin

Until 11 May 2024

A multi-disciplinary artist experimenting with a wide range of materials, Martin’s paintings, drawings and sculptures explore the human condition and the global geopolitical interface, specifically through issues surrounding human trafficking, migration, corruption and displacement. Additionally, he explores matters surrounding communication, the rapidly changing technological environment and the consumerism that surrounds it.

The African Arts Trust, Victoria Square, Riara Rd. www.theafricanartstrust.org

MABAKI – Adlan Yousif

Rusty Souls’s Voyage – Adlan Yousif

Coming from the war zones of Darfur, Yousif was influenced by many scenes of oppression. Like many who grew up in the Darfur region, he saw iron as a material much used for destruction and turned it around to tell stories inspired by war-torn regions and societies. His vision leads to the implementation of sculptural projects, with scrap metal as the basic material allowing the expression of this real tragedy, and the transformation of this hard, rusty and cold material into expressive and poetic poems with a heightened sense of drama.

HOF Gallery in the Kibera Arts District | https://houseoffriendskenya.com/hofgallery

LIFE SIZE | Peter Elungat, Olga Tapiola, Anita Naseer, Lily Dolce and Julia Benz

Until 31 July

Ardhi’s Mentorship program, in collaboration with Peter Elungat, kicks off with this life-sized art exhibition. The two-week accelerator program will focus on various cohorts of female emerging artists entering the program and exhibiting monthly until July 31st.

Parallel Four Hostels Building, Entrance through Adreno’s Bistro, Ole-Sangale Link Rd. www.ardhigallery.com