Ian Banja is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.
"Through my passion of performing I have developed my passion for painting. My work offers a glimpse of the life of my people, my peers. I try to express their everyday challenges, tussles and hustles, their good and their bad times too. Fascinated by examining them closely, I am drawn to painting their portraits and the situations they find themselves in. Their stories are never-ending, and it is through them I find my inner self.
I take care of my pieces, its structure and details, and try to develop my own technique, my own touch, my own aesthetics."
MASK Awards 2021/22
"I depict what I see. Violence, harassment, daily tussles and hidden struggles of people who find ways to survive it, and to have good times too. I paint to tell how things are."
Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
MASK Create is a UK charity No 1128734
Registered for Gift Aid with HMRC
Most Innovative Learning Organisation 2020
Top Website 2022