Name: Sammy Lutaya
Occupation: Artist and illustrator
Kenyan artist and illustrator, Sammy Lutaya was taught the rudiments of visual arts by an American Catholic Nun, Showing him intricates of drawing portraits using pencils, water colours and inks. She taught him to etch on scraper foils as he gradually advanced to drawing landscapes and abstract/ Semi-abstract works.
In 2000, he quit his job as a visual arts designer/ illustrator opting to devote time to painting.
The artist indulges preferably in warm yet bold colours like red, orange, purple or yellow shades.
His themes tend to vary from basic humanitarian issues like love and joy to common lifestyles, happiness or pain. His versatility is grounded in exploration of creative dimensions, technique/ expression of ideas.
Sammy is a firm believer in the principle of hard work and dynamism – both healthy and key factors required to nurture skills and progression in art.
In 2008, Sammy donated a painting Say It With Flowers to then Canadian High Commissioner Mr. Ross Hynes – which was auctioned to raise funds for Starehe Girls’ Centre (a school which supports bright girls from poor backgrounds).
He has also donated several other paintings for auction at Nairobi Hospital’s Childrens Charity Golf Tournament and in aid of Nairobi Montessori’s affiliate Arc of Peace childrens home in Mukuru slums.
He has participated in exhibitions alongside older Masters like Nigerian artist/ unionist Prof. Kalode Oshinowo, Ethiopia’s Lemma Guya, UK’s Sokari Douglas and Ghana’s Prof. Atta Kwami.
He has showcased his work in both local and international exhibitions, i.e in Cortona- Italy, Wagga Wagga – Australia, Islamabad – Pakistan, Abuja – Nigerialand and in various venues within Nairobi and Mombasa.
First Style (Drawing Ink/ Charcoal)
2nd Style (Water Colour)
Current Works (Oil Paint on Canvas)