Name: Seth Musindi
Occupation: Graphic Designer, promoter of art at Nairobi Railway museum Art Gallery and Mentor to Artists
Musindi’s ambition has always been to put the Kenyan visual arts on the global map. His experience as an artist and communicator has taught him that not only is he here to express his ideas but must do so in a manner that is perceivable by his audience.
Seth musindi also known by the artistic name ‘Remy” was born 47 years ago in Kakamega county of Kenya’s western province. Remy is the middle child in a family of eight. He comes from the famous Bull fighting sport community and “The crying stone” land mark of Ilesi in Western Province of Kenya.
The art talent was discovered in him by his peers at a tender age of six years. Remy has earned a name as an artist through determination and hard work. As a private candidate in high school’s final exams, he registered to take the fine art paper as an additional exam paper with no teacher to guide him and passed with a straight ‘A’ at A levels. He later studied Graphic Design at the Kenya Polytechnic University College but after freelancing for a while settled on painting. His work has developed with years of hard work and the passion to reach greater heights. Although the realism style was in his early years of practice, his technique has continued to develop into a more contemporary style which could be referred to as narrative expressionism. As he progresses in this profession, Musindi believes that artists should have the freedom to experiment more with other techniques and styles in order to develop.
At present he is involved in promoting Kenyan art and artists through mentoring young upcoming artists and running The Nairobi Railway museum Art Gallery. Musindi’s ambition has always been to put the Kenyan visual arts on the global map. His experience as an artist and communicator has taught him that not only is he here to express his ideas but must do so in a manner that is perceivable by his audience. He tries as much as possible to capture his viewers’ attention by including feelings in any image that he does. He strives not only to beautify but also to communicate. Being an artist of the Africa origin, he uses warm colours in his pieces to identify himself with his Kenyan roots. Brightness is a sign of life and happiness. Remy is married with five children and loves watching movies, traveling to interact, studying other cultures and painting. He believes strongly in the gift of life which is meant for each recipient to search deeply within themselves in order to discover their purpose on earth as well as fulfill their maker’s intention.
ECAK PROFILE AND ACTIVITIES
Educultural Artists Kenya (ECAK) is a non profit making and technical advisory organization registered in Kenya with a specific mission to provide technical assistance to Kenyan Artists. ECAK mandate encompasses promotion of local art and culture, art education and cooperation with strategic partners both locally and overseas to promote artistic growth and development. The Nairobi Railway Museum Art Gallery was established in April 2012 and immediately opened it’s doors to Kenyan artists and the public. Kenya Railway Corporation management must be applauded for showing this very humble but magnificent gesture in providing this wonderful space to the Kenyan artists through ECAK. The collaboration between Kenya Railway Corporation and ECAK is a welcome gesture towards giving visual artists a platform and foundation to market their works and contribute to nation building through promotion of the Kenyan heritage and cultures.
Educultural Artists Kenya (ECAK) was founded in the year 2001 by 25 artists who initially had a common interest in pursuing their potentiality through their talents. The organization’s name is derived from a combination of education and culture which is our core activity for conservation of our Kenyan diverse cultures. However, the organization has since introduced more activities due to its maturity experiences and stability. ECAK is composed of talented young, communications specialists, muralists, Designers, Social scientists and experts in the artists’ fraternity. We partner with performing artists, Government Ministries, N.G.O.s and the private sector as we endeavour in developing powerful ideas and messages for community consumption. ECAK has introduced training and development of artistic tools to provide vital information to the deaf persons. We offer consultations in sign language interpretation, graphic designing, social sciences, mentorship of upcoming artists etc. Besides painting and sculpting our members have different specializations in development and production of all IEC materials including Mural painting pamphlets, calendars, book illustrations etc. ECAK founded the National Deaf Agricultural Project (NDAP), a deaf group from Nairobi’s Eastlands region. This particular group was brought together for training to become peer trainers on horticultural projects. ECAK as an Organization does not only depend on donors to fund projects but its members also make individual contributions from sales they make out of their art. We offer free artistic lessons to selected poor but talented young artists from orphanages/ homes and assist the deaf by offering free sign language interpretation and basic facilitation for communication and meetings. We plan to hold regular art workshops and symposiums to capacity build visual artists to produce quality products and market themselves professionally. Our Art Gallery is a centre for showcasing all mediums of visual arts indiscriminately. This is a hub where visual artists convene to share ideas on their personal experiences as well as gain a one to one audience with the Gallery management for advice/opinion or sharing ideas on how to improve the art industry and services to artists.
Bring together artists under a National Network Umbrella so as to empower them to contribute towards National building through their special talents as well as achieve their personal socio/economic goals.
Our mission is to impart and nurture artistic skills which as a result shall be used in educating the public for sound decision making, provide vital information, conserve cultural values and bring beauty around us.
18 months Plan – ACTION PLAN (2YEARS)
To write down our business plan.
Build the Organization’s Web Site.
Organize fund raisers.
Mobilize more artists to work with us.
Put down a calendar of exhibitions for 12 months.
Introduce our Organizations to corporate & private sectors.
Structure a formidable strategy for business to expand.
Compile a mailing list for both Artists & clients alike.
Establish an artists’ training centre for both visual artists.
Introduce a monthly Art market for artists.
Open an Art resource Centre.
Open an Art store with subsidized but quality materials.
Seek for more collaborators especially other artists’ establishments.