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Installation view of ’Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead’ with InIVA at Rivington Place in London, 13th September – 24th November, 2012


Kimathi Donkor is a contemporary artist who lives and works in London.

His solo exhibitions include ‘Some Clarity of Vision’ at Gallery MOMO (Johannesburg, 2015), ‘Queens of the Undead’ at Iniva (London, 2012) and ‘Fall/Uprising’ at the Bettie Morton Gallery, (London, 2005). Group exhibitions include ‘They Came From Outer Space’ at the Goethe Institute (Johannesburg, 2015) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2010). He is the recipient of awards, residencies and commissions including the 2011 Derek Hill Painting Scholarship for The British School at Rome.

Born in Bournemouth, England, Dr Donkor earned his PhD at Chelsea College of Arts in 2016. He also holds an MA from Camberwell College of Art and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College. He is of Ghanaian, Anglo-Jewish and Jamaican family heritage, and as a child lived in rural Zambia and the English westcountry.

Donkor's work re-imagines mythic and legendary encounters across Africa and its Diasporas, principally in painting, but also through drawing, video, assemblage, digital design, performance and installation. Large paintings address historic figures like Toussaint L'Ouverture and Harriet Tubman, as well as contemporary themes such as urban political unrest or the pursuit of leisure, beauty and knowledge. Writing about his work can be found in journals and books including Black Artists in British Art: a History Since the 1950s (Chambers, 2014).

Art by Kimathi Donkor is held in private and public collections internationally and in the UK, including at The Wolverhampton Art Gallery. He is represented by Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, by Omenka Gallery in Lagos and by Ed Cross Fine Art in London.

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