Artist Talk: Maina Boniface talks about Line of Inquiry
Born in 1987 in Nanyuki Town, Kenya, Boniface Maina has been an artist for seven years. He is a painter who describes his style as surreal and figurative. He is the co- founder of BrushTu Art Studio in Buru Buru.
Maina has exhibited his work widely in Nairobi, including at the Nairobi National Musuem. His work has also been exhibited in Denmark.
About the Show
“We are often haunted by important relationships from the past that influence us unconsciously in the present. As we work them through, they go from haunting us to becoming simply part of our history.” – Norman Doidge
Line of Inquiry: Sediments of Self is the product of Boniface Maina’s own self-psychoanalysis. He explores the conflict within himself, which has over the years produced artwork that while beautiful, has had elements of melancholy.
In this body of work, Maina breaks through his self, uncovering layers of his personality through questioning. He directs ink and pen on paper to create very intimate and personal pieces.
It is by far his most honest work yet.
About Brush Tu Studio
Established in 2013, Brush Tu Art Studio, located in Nairobi, is a creative space that currently houses five contemporary artists. The name “Brush Tu”, which translates to “Brush Only” or “Just Brush, is derived from the artists’ tendency to opt for paint and brush as their preferred medium of expression.