Expenditure banker tends to make debut in art


Expense banker will make debut in art


Artist Sebawali Sio at Lifestyle Gallery in Nairobi, Gigiri on August 11, 2021. Image | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG



  • Anyone may possibly have advised her to ‘be much more practical’.
  • But in any case, she cancelled that program and shifted around to the Sorbonne exactly where she analyzed Art Historical past and French civilisation for a diploma.
  • Her following stage was to select up a scholarship and go examine Global Relations in Spain.

Sebawale Sio had been quietly keeping a key gentle deep within her coronary heart at any time given that she joined Loreto Convent Valley Highway and noticed her first portray by the acclaimed Kenyan artist, Peter Elungat.

“I thought I desired to do a little something similar to what he does,” says the painter who is at the moment keeping her initially solo exhibition at the new arts venue, Life-style.

But for many years, Seba was not well prepared to go after a career in the arts.

“I did go to the Condition College of New York as a good arts big,” she states, “but I only trapped with it for a year and a half. What transpired? I guess I acquired fearful,” she claims.

Somebody could possibly have encouraged her to ‘be additional practical’. But in any situation, she cancelled that system and shifted more than to the Sorbonne in which she analyzed Artwork Record and French civilisation for a diploma.

Her following action was to select up a scholarship and go study Global Relations in Spain. It was a further leap of faith to attend Schiller Worldwide College for two many years in which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree.

“All that time I was sketching on the facet, but under no circumstances getting my art very seriously,” states Seba.

Her fantastic grades and a further scholarship obtained her into the London Faculty of Economics where by she bought a Master’s degree in law and accounting.

“I joined a law business for a time, but then shifted above to financial investment banking which is what I at first did when I at last arrived again to Kenya.”

Operating in personal fairness for a time, Seba ultimately realised she could not retain her heart’s desire a solution any longer. She had normally wished to be an artist, and at last, she made a decision to do what had been in her heart all this time.

On the working day BDLife went to see Sebawali’s initial solo demonstrate at Lisa Christoffersen’s new art and culture room, Life-style, Seba was practically reverential when she explained to us that Elungat experienced just come to see her display.

Hers is not the very first art exhibition Lisa has experienced considering that this attractive, eclectic gallery opened up just a 12 months ago. “We experienced a group exhibit showcasing Agnew Waruinge, Onyis Martin, Mary Collis, Coster Ogwang, and Anthony Russell,” Lisa states.

But Seba’s is Lifestyle’s initial solo exhibition, an event the place much more than 50 mixed media paintings are hanging not just on the 1st and 2nd-floor walls of this former domestic abode. Seba’s artwork is also hanging gracefully from numerous trees all around Lifestyle’s acre compound.

“I painted these [outdoor pieces] on watercolour paper and then encased them in two plates of clear glass,” Seba claims, noting they are in essence water-resistant due to the fact the frames and the glass are sealed tight.

Entitled ‘Dedication: The Flexibility Series’, Seba says she has been doing work on this sequence given that early 2020. “But it was not right until Lisa inspired me to have an exhibition in this article that I started out planning for this display,” she suggests.

Concentrating on the topic of women of all ages, as were her earlier exhibitions held with her fellow artists at Brush tu Artists Collective, Seba’s art has gone through many subtle still substantial modifications above the past two several years.

She is nonetheless blending a rainbow array of colors as she works with mixed media, oils, acrylics, and ink. But what is strikingly distinct involving then and now is that the ladies she formerly painted (generally from memory, then modified by creativeness) had been mostly concealed driving a cloak of fantastically blended colours.


Untitled sketch by Sebawali Sio at Way of life gallery, Gigiri, Nairobi on August 11, 2021. Picture | POOL

A person could see an eye or a lip emerging as a result of the whirlwind of colors, as if the artist herself wasn’t very positive if the time was ripe to declare herself an artist.

But now, most of her portraits have appear out from the rainbow array, and we can see their feminine options evidently outlined.

“They are portion of a new series I am presently functioning on,” states Seba who is not about to rest on her laurels. “It’s known as ‘Your brain is like a prism,” she adds, noting that a prism separates white gentle into a extensive spectrum of colors.

But the overall topic of this clearly show is flexibility, Seba describes as she stands beside her collection of butterflies that have just emerged from their cocoons. They appear reflective of Seba’s individual free spirit and emergence into the light-weight.

Mary E. Alvarez

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