Bulinya Martins

Born 21 July 1961 in a village called Moiben near Eldoret, Kenya. Bulinya has worked as a freelance illustrator for the Kenya Times and True Love Magazine, as well for the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) as a stage and scene designer.

Encouraged by his older brothers, Bulinya began drawing in charcoal and pencil as a young boy at home. His talent blossomed in primary school where he won many local awards.  In High School art became his principal subject and focus through the rest of his education.  He went on to display his paintings and drawing in the following exhibitions:

1986 – Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

1987 – British Council, Nairobi, Kenya

1993 – Art Panorama, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya

2004 – Amazwi Contemporary Art, Saugatuck, Michigan, USA

Bulinya is a prolific artist. His caricatures of the Maasai people in a variety of stances and formations are among his most popular work.  Almost all of the works are either painted or mounted on hardboard, and exemplify truly fun and interesting African art.  Many of his paintings have very complex detailing indicative of the patterns found on Maasai cloth.  His favored media include acrylic paints on both leather and paper.  He also uses pencils, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink.