Mbugua Kimani is a Kenyan artist living in Nairobi. After finishing his secondary education, he studied for a BA in Nottingham, England in International Relations and completed an MSc at Birkbeck College, London University, in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.
Painting has always been Mbugua’s passion, and he was drawing from as early as he can remember. However, it is only in the last few years that he has been able to follow it as a full-time profession.
Mbugua’s working life began in the challenging field of mental health in London and, while he found the work immensely rewarding, it was nevertheless hugely draining. His second career was within the realm of humanitarian aid as he wanted to make a difference in the world and explore places he had never been to, all the while gaining experience and knowledge from them. Six months in Afghanistan working for a Danish organisation certainly provided for what he describes as “tough but hugely rewarding time”. Following Afghanistan, he worked for IRC, a US based NGO, in Nairobi and Turkana in northern Kenya.
These days, he spends most of his time home in Nairobi following his true passion, painting. His inspiration comes from the daily vibrancy around him every day in this great, cosmopolitan city. His studio is at home in Karen. He is always happy to receive visitors.