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portrait of Kaloki Nyamai

Portrait of Kaloki Nyamai. Photo by Nii Odzenma.

James Cohan is delighted to announce the representation of the Kenyan painter Kaloki Nyamai. He will have his debut solo exhibition with the gallery in March 2024. Nyamai is represented in collaboration with Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Nyamai takes inspiration from quotidian life in Nairobi, the capital city where he is based. The artist's richly textured surfaces entangle us in the space between history and memory. His paintings foreground abstracted figures in vivid shades of color; emerging from layers of acrylic paint, sisal rope, photo transfers, and burnt rubber yarn. The fragmented state of these compositions situates the viewer in the present, offering up a collection of moments that must be pieced together slowly by the eye. His canvases capture the struggle of translating recollection and lived experience into physical form.

To learn more about the artist, click HERE

For inquiries regarding Kaloki Nyamai, please contact Audrée Anid at or 212-714-9500.

For press inquiries, please contact Sarah Stengel at or 212-714-9500.

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