Creative Entrepreneurship 2012 Class Profiles: Mary Ogembo

Name: Mary Ogembo
Location: Nairobi
Occupation: Visual Artist

My Name is Mary Ogembo I’m a Kenyan visual artist currently based at the Godown Arts Centre in Nairobi. I holds a Diploma in Fine Art from Creative Arts Centre Nairobi. I was one of the eleven 2005 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award winners which enabled me to take a six months commonwealth exchange programme at The Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi- Ghana in 2006.

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I have worked with international artists including Dinkies Sithole of South Africa, Muhammad Raza of Tanzania, Kizito Maria Kasule of Uganda, Joel Mpah Dooh of Cameroon and David Tremlett of United- Kingdom. During my Cultural Exchange visit to France, I worked with French Artists, women and children. In Kenya I have taught street children in Dandora- Undugu Society rehabilitation centre and also children from non-formal schools in Nairobi. Also, I participated in a number of exhibitions in and out of Kenya and her works have been displayed in Nairobi, France, Germany, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Egypt and Zambia among others.

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Life Cycle
I have been a sculptor but currently I am concentrating on painting and my theme, as a painter is African Women, their beauty and duties. Sometimes I chooses to paint other topics that are of interest to me. This is actually when I want to take a break from my usual theme.

My main dream as an artist is to become one of the worlds’ greatest artists, an artist who shall have vividly conveyed a lot about the African woman through art.


About Creative Enterprise Programme Kenya

Programme run by the GoDown Arts Centre in partnership with other stakeholders
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