b. 1984, Nairobi
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya
As one of the leading names associated with Afrofuturism in Africa, Cyrus Kabiru has actively been pushing the boundaries of conventional craftsmanship, sculpture, fashion, design, art and photography since 2011. He is best known for his ‘C-Stunner’ series of eyewear and the portrait photographs of himself wearing his creations.
Kabiru produces his sculptural works mostly from found materials. His practice has rapidly expanded in recent years to include larger sculptures, installations and documentary films.
Cyrus Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he still lives and works. His first solo exhibition was in 2008 at the Wasanii Workshop in Kenya and he has subsequently exhibited in England, the USA, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Turkey, South Africa and in his home country. Notable solo exhibitions include Upcoming in 2010 at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru at the Kunstpodium T Gallery in Holland in 2011 and C-Stunners & Black Mamba at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2015. Kabiru was awarded the Best Artist Innovation award at the Maker Fair and was celebrated by Guiness Africa and MTVBase in 2012. In 2013, Kabiru was a fellow at TED’s The Young, The Gifted, The Undiscovered in the USA. That same year, Kabiru also exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria and his work formed part of Afrofuture: Adventure with Makers, Thinkers and Dreamers at Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy. Recent group exhibitions include Concealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts at the University of South Africa Art Gallery in Pretoria.
Cyrus Kabiru has been selected as one of Quartz’s Africa Innovators for 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. He also features in the newly released Gestalten publication Africa Rising: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa. Kabiru’s work forms part of the travelling exhibition Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, to open next at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands (1 October 2016 – 15 January 2017). Kabiru is one of the featured artists for SMAC Gallery’s presentation at ARTISSIMA in Torino, Italy (4 – 6 November 2016).