Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught sculptor whose practice straddles the intersection between fine art, haute couture, performance and documentary, yielding works that articulate his experience of contemporary Africa.
He is best known for his intricate found-material sculptures, which he fashions and re-contextualises from discarded urban fragments and obsolete technology. The most publicly documented of these has been the series C-Stunners: wearable art in the form of striking pieces of eyewear that capture the confidence and attitude of a young generation of globally aware Kenyans.
Kabiru’s work is held in numerous collections, including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA. Recent exhibitions include All Things Being Equal, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town (2017); and Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2015 – 2018).