Boniface Maina is one of Kenya’s notable emerging artists. Working in a style that mixes surrealism with abstract expressionism, Maina creates drawings and acrylic paintings inspired by basic human reactions and his encounters with the everyday. He has also been known to address political issues; past works, for instance, have questioned the motives of wealthy nations that cosy up to their poorer counterparts, highlighted the oddities of foreign policy, and taken electorates to task for their tendency to hero-worship opportunistic politicians.
Maina studied art and design at the YMCA National Training Institute in Nairobi. He has participated in several group shows at home and abroad, such as Art Transposition, LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany (2017); and Young Guns, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya (2017). His solo exhibitions include Transitions, Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya (2017); and Line of Inquiry, Art Space, Nairobi, Kenya (2016).