Kimathi Donkor’s art re-imagines mythic, historical and everyday encounters across Africa and its global Diasporas, principally in painting and drawing.
Prominent exhibitions include War Inna Babylon at the ICA, London 2021, the Diaspora Pavilion (57th Venice Biennale, 2017) and the 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2010). Awards, residencies and commissions include the 2011 Derek Hill Painting Scholarship for The British School at Rome. Links to critical writing about Kimathi Donkor’s work, as well as interviews, can be found in the ‘media’ section of this website.
Born in Bournemouth, England, Donkor is of Ghanaian, Anglo-Jewish and Jamaican family heritage, and as a child lived in rural Zambia and the English westcountry. He lives and works in London, where he is the Reader in Contemporary Painting and Black Art at the University of the Arts, London. Art by Kimathi Donkor is held in collections including at The British Museum, The Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the International Slavery Museum, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the collection of CCH Pounder and the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, amongst many others. He is represented by Niru Ratnam Gallery in London, Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg and by Omenka Gallery in Lagos.