Cyrus Kabiru - Kenya
He Is Best Known World Wide For His Eye Wear, C-Stunners, His Intricate Sculptural Works Push The Boundaries Of Conventional Craftsmanship, Sculpture, Photography, Design And Fashion.
You came to be known for the stunning C-Stunners! How did you come to be this Artist?
C.K: I started when I was young inspired by my dad and nature
You have made so many C-Stunners, each one of them a masterpiece in it's own right. Where do you get the energy and inspiration from?
C.K: I always get inspiration from every day living, and the society surrounding me
C.K: 150cm long by 100cm high
C.K: I paint, there is a project I am working on called The End of Black Mamba whereby we used to have a certain bicycle long time ago is now disappearing from the society and I am now working with the remaining bicycles and the latest project I’m working on is Radios
C.K: 200cm by 200cm painting
C.K: No, nowadays I’m getting materials from people who visit my studio so I don’t have any issues finding materials.Basically, the materials dictate to me what to make
C.K: Of course, I’ve mentored a lot both in Nairobi and outside the country and I have opened an art space called Kabiru Creatives Art Hub where I’m supporting 5 upcoming artists, outside Nairobi and I also do school programs
C.K: We have created the way for them not to struggle a lot and that’s why I’m doing the mentorship program, though the young artist have a lot of expectations which sometimes they end up getting disappointed.
C.K: I started few years ago when I did a Ted talk an d participated in several international group exhibitions.
C.K: I won’t talk much about Biennale as I’m not yet qualified to take part according the organizers here in Kenya but for International Art Fairs we need more art fairs as I always participate in many Art Fairs and I always receive positive response.
C.K: We don’t get enough support from the government so the young artist still have a long way to go.
C.K: I’m working with radios whereby I go around collecting the old radios and redo them and soon you will see them.