Thom Ogonga -- Mixed Media
Born, bred, schooled, living & working in Nairobi, Thom started out as a painter but with time has ventured into printmaking and occasionally tries out not-so-good photography, video and site-specific installations.
He is fascinated by night life and the beauty of women, as is evident in his work. His work is clean, reductive and illustrative often working with the female form. He's exhibited widely in Kenya and abroad and also participated in several International Artists Workshops.
He has also participated in special projects like the travelling billboard (images in transit) and painting with refugees in the camps (building art together).
He was awarded the 2nd prize in the painting category in the Elysee Treaty competition in 2006.
2009: “Tulipamwe” -FNCC, Windhoek, Namibia.
2009: Probe-GoDown Art Centre, Nairobi.
2009: Stereotype I-Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Art, Nairobi
2007: Jana Leo Kesho-Rahimtulla MoMa, Nairobi
2007: Now & Then-GoDown Art Center-Nairobi
2006: Contemporary Art in Kenya-French Cultural Centre-Nairobi
2006: Edition Two-Rahimtulla MOMA
2005: New Prints-Nairobi Java
2004: Edition One-East Africa Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2004: Art In Movement-French Cultural & Co-Operation Centre, Nairobi
2004: For Your Mind’s Eye-Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka-Mauritius
2003: “X”-E.A Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2003: Festival Mundial-Leijpark, Tilburg, Netherlands
2003: Insights into Kenya-La Rustique Restaurant, Nairobi
2003: Black History Month-United States International University, Nairobi
2002: Godskitchen-E.A. Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2001: Images in Transit-Old Law Courts Gallery, Mombasa
2001: Nairobi Day and Night Club-E.A Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
1999: De Kracht Van Kakuma-Troppen Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997: Africa I Denmark-Christiania, Denmark
1997: Complicated Socialization-Goethe Institute, Nairobi
1997: E.A Community Commemoration-Sheraton Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
2009: Tulipamwe International Workshop-Okakarara, Namibia
2008: UrbanWasanii, Mombasa - Kenya
2007: Thupelo International Workshop-Cape Town, South Africa
2007: 2nd International Forest Workshop- Ngong’ Forest Sanctuary, Nairobi
2007: Jana Leo Kesho-Nairobi, Kenya
2007: Talking Compounds-Kiruhura, Uganda
2006: Landscape workshop-Ngong’ Forest Sanctuary, Nairobi
2004-2006: Wasanii International Workshop-Lamu, Kenya
2004: Partage International Artists’ Workshop-Flic en Flac, Mauritius
2000: Wasanii International Workshop-Naivasha, Kenya
1999: Building Art Together-Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
2004: East African Artists’ Residency
Godown Art Centre-Nairobi
2003: Fontys Akademie
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