Stanley Cheche: Creating Art on Social Issues While Putting Kenya on Canvas

Stanley Cheche, a visual artist based in Nairobi, started pursing art at a very young age when he stumbled on a book that belonged to his cousin filled with caricatures. He started sketching in an attempt to imitate the caricatures and he hasn’t stopped painting to this day.

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Stanley’s style of painting is very unique and this is something that caught our attention. He uses paper instead of canvas which is popularly used and soft pastels to paint and fixes his paintings with hair spray.

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“I used to keep half of my pocket money and pawn my high school shopping to make more money to afford paint, painting knives, colours and other tools. Most of the things I have today, I bought them at that time.”

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His art teacher in high school would send older students for him to train them and this really propelled his love and passion for art.

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The self taught artist describes his work as impressionism and is using his work paintings to highlight social and political issues issues that surround us.

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“I want to talk about the woman who wakes up early every day, works very hard but the leader she voted for does not make changes that improves the situation for this woman.”

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“Mtu Wetu Syndrome”

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Stanley using his art to paint the painful story and raise awareness on Female Genital Mutilation.

“The piece Nation Builder, featured on Safaricom’s 2019 calendar was inspired by the Jua Cali sector and life in Eastlands. Growing up, I had a metallic home bank, a metallic box which was all made by artisans in Gikomba. I wanted to document and recognise the work the work they do.

 

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“Being featured on This is My Kenya really humbled me. Knowing that almost every homestead has my work hanging on their wall makes me very happy.”

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This is My Kenya is an initiative by Safaricom whose goal is to transform the art industry by showcasing the work of talented Kenyan artists. There’s more interest and appreciation for art today than there was a few years ago and with the #KenyaonCanvas project, artists are able to tell the beautiful, untold stories of Kenya.

The art lovers also have an opportunity to see the work done by these artists and bid for their favourite pieces here.

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