Dickens Otieno, Circles, 2018. Courtesy Circle Art Gallery.
Born in 1979
Lives & works in Nairobi, Kenya
Presentation of the artist
Dickens Otieno’s art practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. The Nairobi-based artist weaves large sculptural fabrics from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio. He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.
For the artist, these used and abused cans and cans are comparable to palm leaves, raffia or papyrus, traditional raw materials of many weavings in some African countries. As a child, the artist spent long hours in his mother's workshop, a tailor, watching him work on the kitenge and leso coloured fabrics that have greatly influenced his current aesthetic. Dickens Otieno's work on waste is also a committed way of drawing people's attention to environmental cleanliness and waste management.
The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Nationality : Kenya