Circle Art

Founded in 2012, and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Circle Art Gallery promotes contemporary art from Eastern Africa.

Through group and solo exhibitions, as well as participation in various international art fairs, the gallery has increased local and international visibility for established and emerging artists. Working closely with local and international collectors and curators, we are building a strong and sustainable market for East African artists.

Kaloki Nyamai: Mwaki Nginya Evinda Enge (The Fire Next Time)

Installation image
Circle Art Gallery 9 – 25 January 2019

The intimate relationship between colonial violence and independence led Kaloki Nyamai to investigate what happens when fire is a form of familial erasure. He performs his investigation through painting, performative installations and experimental works. How do we imagine ourselves when precariousness defines our lived experience?

This body of work examines reparations through recollections of tragedy, and uses particular visual modalities to suggest healing, unification and preparation for a new start.

“When you look at the work, you will see writing like ‘black rock is not black’, or ‘call me on the public hanging’. Thords are words said by the people. For me introducing text in the work is very important, words are very strong and they have their own personality”

In Mwaki Nginya Evinda Enge, Nyamai is asking us to look again at the conditions of our humanity.

Khanyisile Mbongwa, Curator

Harare Contemporary

Harare Contemporary Exhibition at Circle Art Gallery
Tendai Mupita, Untitled, 2018 (detail)
Circle Art Gallery 28 November – 21 December 2018

Circle Art Gallery is pleased to present Harare Contemporary. Defying expectation, bad press and international perception of their country, Hararean artists have forged ahead over the past decade, becoming a major force in contemporary African art.

This exhibition brings together 13 emerging and established Zimbabwean artists, curated by Valerie Kabov, First Floor Gallery, for an exciting first exhibition in Nairobi at Circle Art Gallery.

Artists: Shamilla Aasha | Takunda Regis Billiat | Franklyn Dzingai | Troy Makaza | Wycliffe Mundopa | Amanda Shingirai Mushate | Miriro Mwandiambira | Tendai Mupita | Thomas Muziyirwa | Option Nyahunzvi | Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude | Julio Rizhi | Sky Salanje | Mavis Tauzeni | Helen Teede

ART X Lagos 2018

Michael Musyoka, Bride Price Negotiations, 2018 (detail)
ART X Lagos 2018, Booth 4, 2-4 November 2018

Circle is pleased to attend the 3rd edition of ART X Lagos, showing a selection of works by Michael Musyoka (Kenya, b. 1986) and Sarah Elmur (Sudan, b. 1966)

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London

Circle Art Gallery Booth W9 West Wing 1:54 London 2018
Circle Art Gallery at 1:54 London 2018, Booth W9, West Wing, Somerset House
Booth W9, Somerset House, London, 4-7 October 2018

Circle Art Gallery is pleased to present Dennis Muraguri, Shabu Mwangi and Ian Mwesiga