A PAIR of mixed media (ink and colored pencil) drawings of figures and wild fantasy jungle creatures, each 14" by 20 3/4" (21" by 26 3/4" in anthracite gray/black frames), both signed at lower edge by listed African contemporary artist KIVUTHI MBUNO (1947-). Mbuno's art often features the supernatural, surreal and fantastic.......naive, dream-like images of a primitive Eden of animals and humans living in a peaceful harmony open to interpretation by the viewer. Though the imagery may be of primitive subjects, the technique used is not at all primitive; it is precise, sharp, focused and academic, trained. Mbuno, from the Wakamba tribe of southeastern Kenya, was for a long time a guide in the safari trade, which gave him the depth of experience interacting with wild animals and observing their limited interactions with man. From 1976 on he has devoted himself to drawing full time. In 2013 he represented Kenya at the Venice Biennale. That same year, a gift of his art was acknowledged in a letter from the White House by Barack and Michelle Obama. Mbuno's art is held by major museums, including the Volkerkunde Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, the Museum of African Art in New York, Dallas Museum of Art, National Gallery in Washington, Tate Modern in London, and the Saatchi Collection.
Contemporary African art PAIR drawings by KIVUTHI MBUNO (1947-)