James Mwarano Gioko

Nairobi, Kenya

James Mwarano Gioko, a self-taught artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He was mentored by Bobea Art Centre in Bujusanii Tattoo art studio 2018-2019.

Inspired by British painter Randolph Schwabe, a war artist who also known for his theatre set designs, James draws inspiration from everyday objects and photographs to create his art.

"Art has the power to surprise and even unsettle us, revealing stories we never envisioned or got involved in. By involving us, art encourages us to take a closer look at what we are.""My artistic journey has been tranquil, providing solace for my mind and resilience in navigating life. As an African artist, my aspiration is to attain global recognition one day."


MASK Awards 

Artist statement

Art is a journey of a free soul. My aim is to achieve an articulate my unique style.

Exhibition history