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Waiting, Watching & Wishing: Boniface Maina’s Solo Exhibition

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: October 28, 2020  

Art connoisseurs, here’s something you’ll appreciate: Boniface Maina’s solo exhibition:Waiting, Watching & Wishing. As an observer of human action & emotion, visual artist Boniface Maina investigates the inconsistencies and conflicts inherent in human interactions. In this new body of work, the Odd Realities series, Maina reflects on the voluntary and involuntary changes to everyday life brought about by events of this surreal year.

 

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Maina works predominantly in painting and drawing. His work reflects on the voluntary and involuntary changes to everyday life brought about by events of the past year. Maina’s characters find themselves in a suspended state, restricted, literally and metaphorically, in the ways they can move and act. 

 

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In a parallel series, Maina paints himself in idyllic locations: lolling in a hammock behind a white veil; relaxing in front of a fire with a glass of whisky; or tweaking a transistor radio at the fictional Therema Inn, with a rich sunset in the background. In these works, he thinks of the places he’s been, and those he would like to go to. 

This exhibition will present you with a story of watching, waiting and wishing.

Boniface has participated in group exhibitions in Nairobi, Lagos, Dubai, and Venice. His work has also been exhibited at international art fairs; AKAA Paris, FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, and Art X Lagos, and World Art Dubai. 

Get to experience his work from the 28th of October-18th November at the Circle Art Gallery.

*Images: Boniface Maina

 

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Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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