Michael Armitage

Kenyan (born 1984)
Michael Armitage Nasema Nawe 2016 © The Artist and White Cube

Biography

Born 1984
Nationality Kenyan

Michael Armitage lives and works between London and Nairobi. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2003-2007) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London (2007-2010). His paintings weave together stories drawn from a range of sources, including past and current news media, internet gossip and recollections of his time spent living in Kenya.

Using a rich colour palette, his works depict urban and rural landscapes, lush vegetation and animal life, as well as providing a visual account of the sometimes harsh realities of Kenyan politics, social inequalities and violence and extreme disparities in wealth.