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Pimbi Gallery: Display of life-size animals created from scrap metal

Pimbi Gallery:  Display of life-size animals created from scrap metal

Pimbi Art gallery is an indigenous art gallery that was started by Kenyan junk-metal artist Kioko Mwitiki, in 1992 - the 20th year of UNEP’s existence. Kioko Mwitiki is one of the most renowned sculptors in East Africa, a pioneer of junk art or recycled scrap metal and is best known for his huge life-size sculptures.

Pimbi Art gallery is the home of metal art and has been at the fore-front of conserving the environment through education, recycling junk metal and articulating conservation and sustainability issues through art. Pimbi gallery works closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service campaigning for wildlife welfare.

About Kioko Mwitiki

Kioko is a collector of all the things that the rest of us throw away. Welding milk cans for the Nakuru Aluminium Works, he learnt his most valuable of life's lessons: that welding is a skill which, when taken to the outer limits, can become an art. Many of Kioko's scrap-yard creatures are life-sized and have gained international recognition, having made it into the halls of New York's Smithsonian Institute, featured on both CNN and the BBC, and been spotted in Time Magazine. As for collectors, Kioko numbers Bill Clinton, Gehardt Schroeder and Prince Amyn Aga Khan amongst his fans.

A dedicated activist, Kioko also campaigns widely against the use of landmines by means of a travelling road show entitled 'Living Metal'. He works with a number of Maasai women's groups, offering them new ways of using their traditional beading skills; and he offers design-input and 'new ideas' to Nairobi's busy battalions of road-side artisans, whilst running regular creative workshops for the city's slum dwellers.

A firm believer in taking his art to the people, Kioko also holds regular exhibitions both in the national parks and in 'Maasailand', where he recently transported a selection of his work. These he deposited on the soda-encrusted shores of the correspondingly surreal Lake Magadi and invited the locals to come take a look.

Kioko Mwitiki's work is available from a number of gift shops but the best selection lies in his own Nairobi-based gallery:

The Pimbi Art Gallery
P.O Box 822 - 00600,
Mbabane Rd, Lavington.
Tel: +254 722 764085 / +254 722 650 666 / 020 4348900,
Email: pimbigallery@yahoo.com