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.



Resident at the Fundació Han Nefkens , Barcelona, Spain


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


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


Young Innovator Award, Sandbox Network, London, UK



Pandashuka, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Macho Mbadala, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


Njia Ya Maisha, SMAC Booth Solo Presentation at Armory Focus: African Perspectives, New York, USA


Black Mamba, Solo Presentation at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

The End Of The Black Mamba I (Film Premier)LOOP Fair, Barcelona, Spain

C-Stunners and Black Mamba, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


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

Arise, Nigeria African Art Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria


 “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


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


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


Upcoming, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

The C-Stunner, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya


Ramoma, Nairobi, Kenya





The Armory Show (SMAC Gallery), New York, USA

AFRICAN VOICES: Confronting Frontiers of Reality, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe


Artissima (SMAC Gallery), the Oval, Lingotto, Turin, Italy

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Upstart/Startup, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Brutal Beauty: Violence and Contemporary Design, in collaboration with Max Borka, Marta Herford Museum for Contemporary Art, Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (travelling exhibition)


Lumières d’Afriques, (Exhibition coinciding with COP21 International Conference), National Theatre of Chaillot, Paris, France

Unorthodox. The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

CPH:Market, curated by LOOP Barcelona and WHY FOUNDATION, for CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Artissima (SMAC Gallery), The Oval, Lingotto, Turin, Italy

Beyond Borders, 5th Beaufort Triennial, West Flanders Province, Belgium

Africa: Architecture & Identity curated by Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mathias Ussing Seeberg, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts, University of South Africa Art Gallery, Pretoria and Museum Africa, Johannesburg

Concealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Africa Design Days, Villa des Arts, Rabat, Morocco

Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), V&A Waterfront – The Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa


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

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Kenyan Art Fair, Nairobi, Kenya


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


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


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