CYRUS KABIRU


Zulu Mask, 2010, Cyrus Kabiru
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Cyrus Kabiru currently practices in Nairobi. He is a self-taught painter and sculptor. His paintings are often humorous portrayals of contemporary living within Kenya. Kabiru adopts the role of the flâneur, observer, explorer, and lounger using his paintings as the output for his experiences. His sculptural work embodies his role as a “collector” of Nairobi cast-offs. Kabiru fashions and refashions these waste, recycled, and found materials into various forms. He is perhaps best known for his C-Stunners, an ongoing work in which Cyrus creates and wears artistic bifocals. The work is seated between fashion, wearable art, performance, and one-of-a-kind commodity objects. C-Stunners have a certain energy and playfulness that captures the sensibility and attitude of the youth generation in Nairobi. They portray the aspiration of popular culture bling and reflect people’s ingenuity and resourcefulness. The lenses provide a new filter, lending a fresh perspective on the world we live in, transforming the wearer not only in appearance but also in frame of mind.

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AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2013   

TED fellowship at TED’s “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered” conference, Long Beach, Los Angeles, USA

2010   

Maker Faire Africa Award for Best Artist Innovation – thinking outside the box

2007  

Young Innovator Award, Sandbox Network, London, UK

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2014   

MORE MATERIAL, presented by fashion designer Duro Olowu, Salon 94 Bowery Gallery, New York, USA

Arise, Nigeria African Art Foundation

2013  

 “No Art, No Life”: Fellows Friday with Cyrus Kabiru, TED Talks, Long Beach, USA

Cyrus Kabiru: C-Stunners, Frank Picture Gallery in association with the Ed Cross Fine

Arts Gallery, Santa Monica in association with Stunner of the Month, Los Angeles USA

2012   

“Found in Deptford,” experimental workshop with Richard Parry, V22 Summer Club, London, UK

2011   

Cyrus Kabiru, Kuntspodium T Gallery, Tilburg, Holland

Cyrus Kabiru, International School of Kenya, organized by Friends of the Arts, Kitsuru, Nairobi, Kenya

Cyrus Kabiru, “Outreach” project and workshop, Kitui and Kisumu, Kenya

2010  

Upcoming, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

The C-Stunner, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

2009   

Ramoma, Nairobi, Kenya

2008   

WASANII WORKSHOP, Kenya

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013   

The Shadows Took Shape, The Studio Museum, Harlem, USA

Afrofuture: Adventure with Makers, Thinkers and Dreamers, collaboration with La Rinascente, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy

Museum of Architecture (Arkitekturmuseet), Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

New Museum Architect, Stockholm, Sweden

LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

Phantasms of the Non-City, LAGOS PHOTO FESTIVAL, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012   

Visiones Africaines, Perimeter Art & Design, Paris, France

The Space We Live In, Rosetta Arts, London, UK

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion. Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, London, UK Istanbul Design Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey

2010   

C-Stunners, Maker Faire Africa 2010, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Mwangali Tofauti: Nine Photographic Perspectives from Kenya, Portraits of Cyrus Kabiru by Barbara Minishi, Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya