Kenyan artist, Willis Otieno continuously explores different techniques and has become known for his chicken eggshell mosaic artworks, whilst incorporating his earlier love for portrait and abstract painting in both oil and acrylic paints. He lives and works in Kisumu; and is married with three beautiful children.
Born in 1977, Willis studied art at the Mwangaza School of Visual Arts in Kisumu, Kenya, graduating with a Diploma in Fine art.
He has become widely known for his mosaics made from chicken eggshells, which have been featured in print and television media, as well as in joint exhibitions in Kisumu and Nairobi.
Willis’s love for Africa is reflected in his art, which portrays the African cultural heritage and lifestyle. A concern for the atrocities that plague the continent is also a matter that is deeply rooted in his heart. Through his art, he tries to address the plight of African women and children that find themselves caught in conflict.
‘Children in famine, victims of torture by oppressors, helpless old people who are a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil, but beat me! I too suffer.’
Willis has won awards at the National annual youth trade fair in 2010 in Nairobi and at the SME’s National Jua Kali, Nguvu Kazi exhibition 2012.
He has shown his works at various exhibitions and galleries in Kisumu and Nairobi, including at the National Museum of Kenya.
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