About the Artist
NCAI is excited to present the first retrospective exhibition of the painter, poet and writer, Sane Wadu. Wadu came to prominence in Nairobi in the mid 1980s when he began exhibiting paintings at Gallery Watatu. His acutely critical paintings and writings reflected upon society, culture, religion and the governments of his time. His presence and extraordinary body of direct narrative paintings was pivotal in the creation of the Ngecha Village artists collective. The Collective formed of largely self taught artists, began a movement that came to dominate ways of making and thinking in the Kenyan art scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Starting with the very first painting that Wadu made in gouache on paper, 'Bless This Our Daily Bread' in 1984, this exhibitions follows the artists changing language, materials, subjects and ideas over more than 30 years.