Interview: Boniface Maina
Luca Curci talks with Boniface Maina during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Maina is a Kenyan born inquisitive artist who started off as a stretcher-bars maker for artists to support his career as an artist. His work, since 2009, has been figurative and has evolved in the quest to tackle various themes. His work has touched on different themes such as social-political satire, music, conflicts in human behavior and mental health, through questioning. He is inspired by interactions in different platforms to spark thought provoking conversations. In recent years, his work has been featured in magazines, art books and news articles locally and internationally. He is a founding partner of BRUSH TU ART STUDIO based in Nairobi and his work has been exhibited and collected in both private and public art collections nationally and internationally.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Boniface Maina – Art: Has been an expression to figuring out the mysteries of the world that enrich, shape and even question human thought.
LC – What are you currently working on?
BM – Currently, I have picked interest in the simplicity of colour, shape and line to express simple ideas while also working on a series aimed at looking at the interactions of mankind and trees in a continent where logging is a cartel business.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
BM – As for my art, I tend not to make it a conclusion but a conversation whereby, the viewer is open to interpret. This is more so aimed at getting feedback from the viewer be it positive or negative.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
BM – I wouldn’t say my style changes, rather the figures morph to suit the theme of my interest. It is more of an anatomical study as well whereby, I can make exaggerations in the features in different ways.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
BM – The work presented in the festival, is part of a series exploring the power of line (spirals and wavy lines) to make a rather fluid form that expresses various mental states. By choosing this form of expression, I aim to immerse the viewer in an emotional yonder through what is more of a transparent anatomical form.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BM – ITSLIQUID GROUP comes across as an avenue, especially for emerging artists, to gain a platform and possible representation from prospective galleries while also playing a role of connecting the artist with prospective collector base.