Naftali Mageto Momanyi

Naftali Mageto Momanyi is a veteran self-taught sculptor.

Between 1983 - 1984, Momanyi was involved in his 1st major work - with Dr. Elkana Ongesa who by then was the Head of the Fine Art department at Kisii Teachers College ( now Kisii University), assisting him in carving a large soapstone sculpture commissioned by Caltex Oil for their world headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

He later joined Paa Ya Paa Art Centre as a resident artist from 1984 to 1986, working with Prof. Yusuf Lwanyaga Musoke formerly Head of Art History department at University of Da-res-salaam and Elimo Njau, the then Senior Lecturer and Founder of Kenyatta University's college of Fine Art.

Momanyi has been in several international art exchange programs including at the Commonwealth Institute in London in 1984, the Canada-Kenya cultural exchange Festival organized by McGill University of Canada in collaboration with Kisii Teachers College, Kenya - 20 city travelling exhibition in western parts of Canada comprising Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia alongside carving demonstrations, and sculpture presentations in schools, colleges and universties between 1994 and 1995 under the Art Africa company.

He gave a presentation of his work at the University of Regina's department of visual art and took part in a 3 Month Bronze casting project with their students. He was also the facilitator and participant in the 1994 International Sculptors Festival, held in Weyburn Saskatchewan Canada, which brought together sculptors from Europe, Northern America, and Africa using Soapstone imported from Kenya. Momanyi also conducted a 3 month sculpting demonstration at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya in 2001, where he later in 2013 conducted a Sculpture Workshop.

In his 37 year career as a sculptor, he has conducted many solo exhibitions in Art Museums and Galleries around the world. He is currently engaged in production of granite stone sculptures for a solo exhibition scheduled for May 2019 in Nairobi.

Momanyi founded and chairs the Kenya National Visual Artists Association (KNVAA), which among its objectives is to unite, promote, capacity build and inform of and protect artists’ rights as well as link Kenyan artists to international art forums and markets.

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