Onditi, Paul
Born 1980 in Kisumu, Kenya
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya
Onditi’s paintings probe contemporary global issues through the use of experimental, labour-intensive techniques. Filmstrips, prints, transferred images, pared-down layers of pigment, caustic acid and thin layers of oil paint are patched together in meticulous ways to visualise speculative worlds. Onditi’s current works, mainly executed on digital polyester inkjet plate, interrogate current ideological, political and religious tensions in society. Finely etched, yet chaotic patches of colour are counterpointed with darker areas, signifying the precarity and noise of contemporary life and exposing unsettling realities. Onditi’s work is currently on show at African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI, Rome, curated by Simon Njami and Elena Motisi. He was one of the artists selected to represent Kenya at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and has more recently been exhibited at Dak’Art—Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain (2018).
Paul Onditi, World Disorder II, 2017, Mixed media on digital polyester inkjet plate, 224 x 300 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica |Paul Onditi, 'Anonymous Smokey', Signed WUDG and dated 2014, Mixed media on polyester digital inkjet plate, 153 x 130 cm, Courtesy ARTLab Africa|Paul Onditi, Untitled I, 2017, Mixed media on digital polyester inkjet plate, 230 x 190 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica

Artists 2014