Peter Kenyanya

Peter Kenyanya is a renowned soap stone sculptor. One of the few soap stone sculptors to move beyond crafts to being a full time artist. He stands shoulder high with legends such as Elkana Ong’esa and Naftali Momanyi.

Like many soap stone carvers in Western Kenya, it’s a way of life. He has diversified in terms of medium to Nairobi blue stone, granite marble and wood among other mediums. His subjects are diverse as well – the African people, wildlife and abstracts works.

He has exhibited severally in Kenya, executed major commissions for individuals and organisations including the Green Wood International, Germany and represented Kenya in Cortona, Italy in 2004 in an exhibition organized by the Italian Cultural and Social Services Ministry.

With his organisation, Fair Trade Art Works which he founded, Kenyanya has been in the fore front of promoting the consumption of Art in Kenya and beyond. In 2004, he also co-founded the Stone Image Training Centre to uplift the standards of sculptors in the country.

Kenyanya is a member of the Kenya National Jua Kali Associations, Tabaka Undugu Soapstone Suppliers and Tabaka Mothers and Children’s Self Help Group.

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