Monday, 9 May 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Richard Onyango

Tsunami, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
160 x 119,9 x 2,5 cm each panel © Richard Onyango

Courtesy CAAC - The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva

Life in Richard Onyango’s pictures is a catastrophe. But the gruesome shudder engendered by a plane exploding in midair or a hunted jeep faltering at the edge of a swamp is not without humour. His dramatic approach owes something to the cinema and makes the viewer an accomplice to fear and horror, whose tension he may briefly bear. In Tsunami, the water becomes a terrific monster which ingests the humans world in a colorful spiral.

Richard Onyango was born in Kisii, in the district South Nyanza, in Kenya in 1960 and won a national competition for young artists in 1982. In 1990 he became a member of the group ́Malindi Artist ́s Proof ́, founded by Sarenco and other African artists. He participated in several internatio- nal exhibitions such as, among others, in 2004-2006 “Africa Remix” (travelling exhibition), Art contemporain d’un continent, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. His work is part of the Pigozzi Collection, Geneva.

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