The Life & Times of Richard Onyango
Richard Onyango, Kenya’s most famous international artist, tells his coming of age story from his beginnings as a musical apprentice at the Coast, to lover of Englishwoman, Drossie, and his emergence as a force in the international art world. This is a street-to-canvas bildunsroman of one of Kenya’s most successful artists, inspired by the great love of his life.
Richard Onyango is one of Kenya’s best known artists.
Born in 1960 in Kisii, Kenya Richhard lives and works in Malindi, Kenya For the first thirty years of his life Richard Onyango supported himself through a remarkable range of occupations—sign-painter, bus-driver, woodcarver, carpenter, fashion designer, furniture maker, farmer, animal trainer. Early in his life Onyango became fascinated with the signs of industrial development in the African landscape. As a child he recorded such impressions in a series of sketches he called “photo pictures” of “whatever my eye could see.” He has explained further, “To keep things properly in mind I had to draw them since I didn’t have a camera to record what I would like to put in memory.”