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African Artist Richard Kimbo with True African Art Staff Member Michael Kivindyo - - Richard Kimbo & Staff       Member, Michael -

Kimbo's Batiks:
African Wax Paintings on Cloth

To purchase any of Kimbo's Batik artworks for sale, go to his African Art Paintings Store Page.


About Kimbo's Batik Style Paintings

Richard Kimbo says he can make just about any kind of art in his 45 history of selling original African paintings, but he sells mostly batiks.

What is a batik? The art form itself involves mixing wax and water to make a fabric area, often cotton cloth, layered with wax. The form is not new, having been employed more than 2,000 years ago. Batik style of painting thrived in Indonesia

around these times, but was also found to be practiced in Japan, China, India, Egypt, and Persia. Beyond artwork, batik clothing material has also been discovered, mostly among the aristocracy.

Where does the word "Batik" come from? Its origin comes from Indonesia, but it can also be found in Japanese as "Ambatk" translated to mean "writing" and "drawing." The Indonesian origin means "a drop" and refers to drops of wax.

Kimbo started selling his batiks in 1969 after learning the skill from Elimo Njau, a teacher at the then Sadler House, now known as the Paa ya Paa Gallery in Kenya.

Since that time Kimbo has sold over 4,000 artworks. How did Kimbo decide to sell Batiks? He says, "A problem made me become a painter. I needed an occupation and this is what I chose. My grandfather also did art focusing on the Kikuyu culture."

Kimbo has 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys. "They are all big now as I am 71 years old. That may be too old to sell art, but I don't know how long I will continue, only God knows.

All of Kimbo's batiks are one of a kind, hand made. None of them are the same.

Kimbo's batiks include a master's work of deep colors, rich detail and a dramatic style. It is not the common commercial batiks one may see. Indeed, Kimbo's batiks are, like his years in practice, well beyond those of other batik artists. True African Art wishes Richard Kimbo continued success and look forward to support his art form for as long as he creates it.

Sources:
Personal Interview with Richard Kimbo, Wikipedia and Nation Media Group.


Batik cloth paintings by Richard Kimbo - True African Art .com
RK-11
41" x 31" (104 x 79 cm)
Wax, Textiles, Dye


Tanzanian African Art - Atanas Style
RK-2
35" x 33" (89 x 84 cm)
Wax, Textiles, Dye


Kimbo's Quality Batiks
RK-5
35" x 32" (89 x 81 cm)
Wax, Textiles, Dye