Muraguri, Dennis
Born 1980 in Naivasha, Kenya
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya
Dennis Muraguri mines Nairobi’s visual culture, relying on imagery that belongs recognisably to Kenya’s urban centres, instigating a dialogue between the viewer and the urban environment. Working in printmaking, sculpture, video, and installation, Muraguri is inspired by matatu—the minibuses that are the main means of public transport in Kenya—and the culture that has developed around them. Muraguri packs textual and visual cues drawn from music, graffiti, television and film to document a contemporary urban phenomenon unique to Kenya. Muraguri has been a resident artist of the Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts since 2005 and is a member of the executive committee of the Kuona Artists Collective. Muraguri was a Selected Artist at the 2018 Kochi Muziris Biennale (2018) and the KLA Public Art Festival, Kampala (2014). Notable exhibitions include Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (2015) and KLA Public Art Festival, Kampala (2014).
Dennis Muraguri, Steel pulse ROG, 2017, Woodcut print on paper, Edition 1 of 4, 62 x 61.5 cm. Courtesy Circle Art Gallery

Artists 2016