Justus Kyalo is Kenyan. He lives and works in Nairobi. Living in Kenya and being Kenyan locates his work and contextualizes it, at least, in a historical sense. But not really. Kyalo in his artistic expression does not see himself as Kenyan, or African. He is simply human – of the world. And an artist.
‘Every artwork is a story about the artist’, Elungat tells me. ‘In every artwork the artist puts himself naked on a podium for viewers to inspect’. This may not be true for all artists, but it is certainly true for Elungat. We’re looking at an early artwork of his. In the painting, a bird soars