Paul Njihia

Paul Njihia is known for his ability to capture the human form, whether in detailed portraits or figures stylised with bold brush strokes. A self-taught artist, he began his career with commissioned portraits in 2010, three years before completing school. In November 2014, he was declared the Most Promising Male Artist in a competition organised by the National Museum of Kenya and was exhibited there a month later. Since then he has been heavily exhibited in Kenya and is a member of the Kuona Trust Art Centre. His current series, on display at The Talisman, is called “Nairobi SiSiTV” and captures scenes of city life from an elevated perspective, mirroring the stills taken by Nairobi County Council’s CCTV cameras in the city centre. Some pieces are painted on joined pieces of plywood, recalling the forms of Piet Mondrian and representing the tiles and slabs of urban pavement.