Born (1975) in Nairobi – Kenya, Thom Ogonga is an artist whose specialty is in painting and printmaking.
He is inspired by fashion, music, urban lifestyles and even more fascinated by the controversial city nightlife. All the activities that color the night excite the artist in him and feature prominently as the theme of his work.
He is also an independent curator and the founder/artistic director of Nairobi Contemporary, an artist led platform commentating and contributing to the discourse of the local & regional art practice and publishers of the Nairobi Contemporary magazine.
He has exhibited widely and featured in numerous public art projects and artist residencies, both locally and abroad.
He was awarded the 2nd prize in the painting category in the Elysee Treaty competition in 2006.
Selection of works
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2021 - Line and Smudge 2 – One Off Contemporary Art Gallery
2019 - Village Gentrification – One Off Contemporary Art Gallery
2014 – 2020 - Sex & The City – Alliance Francaise, Nairobi
2014 - Line and Smudge 1 – Shifteye Gallery, Nairobi
2012 - Riziki - Alliance Francaise, Nairobi
2012 - The Gentleman’s Club – One Off Contemporary, Nairobi
2010 - Management Reserves the Right of Admission – Kuona Trust.
2007 - Jana Leo Kesho - Rahimtulla MoMa, Nairobi
2004 - For Your Mind’s Eye - Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka-Mauritius
2003 - Festival Mundial - Tilburg, Netherlands
2010 - Braziers Artists Workshop – Oxfordshire, UK
2007 - Thupelo International Workshop - Cape Town, South Africa
2006-7 - Landscape Workshop - Ngong’ Forest Sanctuary, Nairobi
2004-2011 - Wasanii International Workshops - Kenya
2004 - Partage International Artists’ Workshop - Flic en Flac, Mauritius
1999 - Building Art Together - Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Selected Curatorial Projects
2022 - Prints – Limited Edition Iterations – One Off Gallery
2019 - Critical Writing Workshop – 32 Degrees East, Kampala
2019 - Village Gentrification – One Off Art Gallery, Nairobi
2018 - Cultural Journalism – BIEA, Nairobi
2017 - Proximity To Power – Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi
2016 - Art Critic Forum – Goethe Institute, Nairobi
2016 - Migrants & Refugees – Alliance Francaise/Goethe Institute
2011 - Turbine Generation Schools Project – Gasworks Studios, UK
2010 - On Independence & the Ambivalence of Promise
Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)- Lagos
2004 - East African Artists’ Residency, Godown Art Centre-Nairobi
2003 - Fontys Akademie, Tilburg-Netherlands
Thom Ogonga is exclusively represented in East Africa by One Off