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MARTIN BULINYA's Biography
Martin shared with us more about his background so that you, our visitors, would get to know him too on a more personal level. The content on his three pages and what's started here on this biography page are what we updated and transcribed:
...In His Own Words...
African paintings artist Martin Bulinya, around 55 years of age at present, was raised among the Maasai tribe and born in a village named Moiben near Eldoret, Kenya. His African art paintings shows that he creates abstractly the Maasai tribe of Kenya.
As a child, Martin passed the time working for English settlers grasslands as a herder of goats & sheep. He described this work as "fun" as he worked with other children from the village. "When we were working we were together. That was the best part, spending the day with my friends. We would sometimes go the riverbank and get clay and make models of animals from the clay. That's how I first knew about painting African Art."
True African Art .com asked Mr. Bulinya if the contemporary African paintings he made ever gathered a crowd in the village. He said, "No. You know, original African art actually in the village is not so popular. People look down upon it. It is seen as a child's thing. There is of course another type of African artwork that is handled by religious workers. That art is sacred and kept by the traditional priests,. It is a revered thing and nobody goes for it. So art in the village was considered for the spirits and the gods. Now when I go home, instead of showing my works of art, I play the guitar and sing the traditional music. That is more popular in the village than my paintings. The paintings are bought by Kenyans who have gone to school. They have meaning to them. If any kind of painting or drawing in the village is popular at all, maybe it is the portraits of parents, their children, their loved ones, not the ordinary painting..."
(concluded on Martin Bulinya's Biography Page)
Watch True African Art's Exclusive Video Interview with Martin Bulinya on his 3rd Page.
Read his African Artists' Letter for the Promotion of African Art
and about his style of painting on his Artist Info Page 1