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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