Bulinya Martins popularly known as King Of The Maasai, was born in a village called Moiben near Eldoret, Kenya. Bulinya has worked as freelance illustrator for the Kenya Times and True Love magazine, as well as working for the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) as stage and scenic designer. Encouraged by his older brothers, Bulinya began drawing in charcoal and pencil as a young boy at home. His talent blossomed in primary school where he won many local awards. While in secondary school Bulinya lost his interest in art, but regained his sense of creativity again in High School, where art became his principle subject and focus through the rest of his education. He furthered his studies at the design department of the University of Nairobi, and went on to display his paintings and drawings in the following exhibitions: 1986 - Goethe Institute, Nairobi Kenya 1987 - British Council, Nairobi Kenya 1993 - Art Panorama, French Cultural Center - Nairobi Kenya 1994 -National Museum Of Kenya gallery of East African contemporary Art 1995 -Fair View Hotel 1997 -National Museum of Kenya East African Gallery Of Contemporary art 1999 -Linda &lowel home Los Angeles California COLLECTIONS TO PRIVATE HOMES The East African Women League The Embassy Of Austria(Nairobi) Mr & Mrs Doc. Brown Jacqueline Oburu David Montage Bulinya is a very prolific artist who's work tends to be simple, yet with a mass 'African' appeal. The paintings shown here are caricatures of the Maasai people in a variety of stances and formations. Almost all of the works are either painted or mounted on hardboard, and exemplify true fun and interesting African art! Many of the paintings have very complex detailing into the material worn. His characters take dramatic poses, giving each one an effective emotion - you can almost hear some of the characters talking to each other!
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