Paul Onditi, Untitled I, 2017, Mixed media on digital polyester inkjet plate, 230 x 190 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica
Paul Onditi, Untitled I, 2017, Mixed media on digital polyester inkjet plate, 230 x 190 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica  

Paul Onditi moved to Germany in 2000, where he studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main. In 2010 he returned to Nairobi, where he is currently living and working. Onditi’s paintings probe contemporary global issues through the use of experimental, labour-intensive techniques. Filmstrips, prints, transferred images, pared-down layers of pigment, caustic acid and thin layers of oil paint are patched together in meticulous ways to visualise speculative worlds. Onditi’s current works, mainly executed on digital polyester inkjet plate, interrogate current ideological, political and religious tensions in society. Finely etched, yet chaotic patches of colour are counterpointed with darker areas, signifying the precarity and noise of contemporary life.

Onditi has participated in exhibitions in Kenya, the US and Europe. Selected exhibitions include VOLTA NY, New York (2016) and Pipes that bind, Faces in Places, Goethe-Institut, Nairobi (2014). In 2017 he was one of the artists selected to represent Kenya at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice.