Saturday, 25 July 2009
Kimathi Donkor was born in Bournemouth, England in 1965. He grew up in the UK and Zambia and lives and works in London. He received his PGCE from Goldsmiths in 1992 and his BA Hons in Fine Art (also from Goldsmiths) in 1987.
In 2004, 'Caribbean Passion: Haiti 1804', his first solo show for more than a decade, was held to observe the bicentenary of Haiti's independence. Then, in 2005, another series of large-scale oil paintings: 'Fall Uprising' marked the 20th anniversary of the 1985 urban conflicts in London.
2008 saw Donkor curate 'Hawkins & Co', an exhibition of more than 70 art works by 15 artists, at the Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool. He also opened his first exhibition outside England, bringing paintings created on the reverse of mass-produced canvases to Armagh, Northern Ireland.