About Carol Lees
Director and Curator of One Off
Kenyan born with grand parents who arrived in the country in 1925. Carol attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the American College in London in 1990. Following a short stint working in Nairobi for commercial Interior designers McNaughton West Design she first opened One Off gallery in 1994.
In 2000 she co-founded and became the first director of RaMoMA (Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art). During this time One Off was moth balled until it’s rebirth in 2009 after Carol resigned from RaMoMA. Initially a Ford Foundation funded project, RaMoMA became the leader in its field in East Africa.
At the height of RaMoMA's activities, it hosted five new exhibitions each month, published a quarterly art magazine called Msanii, had a dedicated childrens’ wing with three full time teaching staff, had fourteen artists teaching art to children in Kenya’s leading referral hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, held regular artists workshops and established an arts and crafts gift shop.
In the twenty year period that Carol has focused on the business of selling Kenyan art, she has:
With the training of a commercial interior designer and 25 years of selling art in the region, Carol is uniquely placed to advise both corporate and private purchasers.