Onyis Martin, 'Untitled I (Letters to a Somali Friend)', 2016, Acrylic, oil stick, paper, stamps, pen and ink, shellac and sgraffito on canvas, 120 x 95 cm, Courtesy of ARTLabAfrica
Onyis Martin, 'Untitled I (Letters to a Somali Friend)', 2016, Acrylic, oil stick, paper, stamps, pen and ink, shellac and sgraffito on canvas, 120 x 95 cm, Courtesy of ARTLabAfrica 

Deeply connected to contemporary urban society, Onyis Martin’s paintings, sculptures and works on paper explore current issues affecting the individual and the community. The artist’s approach to investigating these themes is a complex and articulated process, often using his private experience as a departure point. Delving into global concerns such as human trafficking, migration, political and institutional corruption, repressive environments and displacement, Martin’s works also explore issues of freedom, communication, rapidly evolving technological information and consumerism.

The artist’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Nairobi, Kenya (2016); Dresden, Germany (2016); and Taipei, Taiwan (2014). Martin currently works with children in Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, teaching art and crafts as a means of giving back to the community.