Hairstyle 5 by Mary Ogembo, Oil on Canvas, 23.6 x 19.7 inches, 2013
Kenyan artist Mary Ogembo uses art to demystify the African woman, and to tear down stereotypes by depicting beauty reflected in their every-day activity. Mary started her artist career in 1998 after receiving her Diploma in Fine Art from the Creative Art Centre in Nairobi. Based at the GoDown Arts Centre between 2004 and 2008. Her tenacity and commitment to her craft has seen her work exhibited in spaces around the world in 2004. During her career, Mary has had numerous opportunities for residencies, curatorship, and media exposure. Ogembo’s paintings are rich with vibrant Earth colors that bring about the state of the African environment. She is inspired by the African woman and applies unconventional, engaging and fun concepts that overlook the negative stereotype placed on the African woman. Ogembo has been working as a full-time artist since 1998. She is currently based at Bric a Brac studio in Nairobi. 2005, she won Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award, worked in Ghana as a resident artist for a period of six months at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her work is collected by The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, The Standard Chartered Bank, UK and Casoria Museum in Italy have collected her work and she has exhibited in Kenya, France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany, Lithuania and Abu Dhabi.
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