Born in 1976 in Nairobi, Anthony Okello obtained a diploma in art and design at the Buruburu Institute of Fine Art. He went on to work full time as a painter at Kuona Trust Museum art studio.
Best known for a couple of series; one exploring tribal mythologies from the Luo, Kikuyu and Taite people. In one instance the myth portrayed is God's message to humanity about immortality. The Tortoise (which does not appear in the composition) was entrusted to tell humans that if they died, they would be resurrected and would live forever. He was to give the Moon the opposite message and sadly these were switched in the delivery. The work currently hangs at Nairobi National Museum.
The other two works in the series exist in the collections of Robert Loder CBE and Robert Devereux.
The second series is his Masqurade series which explores identity and the artiface humanity uses to disguise true intent. A work in this series achieved the highest price for a Kenyan painting at Bonhams Auction House in London.
Okello's works were shown at Pop up Africa in Cork Street, London in 2014/15. He has also exhibited in the Netherlands, France, India and at the Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge in 2017.
Okello lives and works in Nairobi.
Selection of works
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2019 - "Fishy Business", One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2017 - "Black Tie Affair", One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2015 - "A. Okello", One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2014 - “Pop up Africa”, Gallery of African Art, Cork Street, London, UK
2013 - "Masquerade", Solo Exhibition, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2013 - “Africa Now”, Modern & Contemporary African Art and a charity auction of Kenyan Contemporary Art - Bonhams, 101 Bond Street, London. UK. (Part of his 'Masquerade series' fetched the highest bid)
Okello has also exhibited in France and India, Uganda, Holland.
His works have been published in ‘World Art Collection – 1001 reasons to love the art’.
EastAfrican - 21-04-2019 - Paintings with the power to disturb
Business Daily - 11-05-2017 - Okello’s paintings carrying Animal Farm-like messages
Business Daily - 4-04-2015 - Brothers team up to create art using clothes and paint
EastAfrican - 01-08-2014 - Portraits of a troubled nation
The Nation - 3-02-2014 - Heart of London, here we come
EastAfrican - 7-06-2013 - Welcoming a risen soul at another resurrection
Business Daily - 6-06-2013 - Okello in an artistic class of his own
Robert Devereux, African Art Trust
The Telegraph UK - 02-12-2014 - Arts Market section
Anthony Okello is exclusively represented in East Africa by One Off