Cyrus Kabiru - Pushing the boundaries of conventional craftsmanship, sculpture, photography, design and fashion.
Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught emerging Kenyan artist, best known for his elaborate and detailed sculptural spectacles or “C-Stunners”, made from found objects and recycled material sourced on the streets of Nairobi.
A confident and individualistic artist, Kabiru is eloquent and forthright in explaining his practice and resolve to follow his own path. These ‘Afrodazzled’ spectacular bifocals are entirely his own invention and are intimately linked to his life-story.
Notable solo exhibitions include Upcoming (Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya: 2010); Cyrus Kabiru (Kunstpodium T Gallery, Tilburg, Netherlands: 2011) and C-Stunners & Black Mamba (SMAC Gallery, Cape Town: 2015).
In 2016 he was selected as one of Quartz’s Africa Innovators (Nairobi, Kenya). In 2013, he was a fellow at TED’s The Young, The Gifted, The Undiscovered in the USA. That same year, Kabiru exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival (Nigeria). His work also formed part of Afrofuture: Adventure with Makers, Thinkers and Dreamers (Milan Design Week, Italy), as well as The Shadows Took Shape (The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA). Kabiru‘s work was also included in the seminal travelling exhibition Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design‘, curated by Amelie Klein with Okwui Enwezor, first shown at the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany: 2015), and later at The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Spain: 2016).
Kabiru’s work is included in prominent collections such as the Saatchi & Abel Collection, and The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, US).
Courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA