Nedia Were

Nedia Were is a self-taught contemporary visual artist, who was born and raised in Kenya, where he currently resides. His initial passion for art was cultivated during his childhood, where he started drawing characters he observed in cartoons, comic books, and newspapers. As a teenager Nedia continued to pursue art as a Signwriter, where he developed his own style of Signwriting.

A major inspiration in Nedia’s style of painting was inspired by his grandfather’s love of reading newspapers. Nedia was intrigued by reading the events and topics covered in these papers, he found a deep connection with the events reported in the news. Nedia continuously felt an urge be part of the solution for social and environmental issues and provide additional outlets as a voice for the disenfranchised in the society. In reaction to these feelings, Nedia decided to create art that promotes internal and external dialogue on societal shortcomings.

The new body of work Nedia presents for the “The Line Between” is a response to the representation of Black figures in portraiture. “I want to challenge and integrate the preconceived idea of modern beauty and the current standards that have been created to define beauty. I believe so much in figurative paintings because they have a strong ability to empower one’s self-worth. So I set out to paint figurative works, so my community can have a sense of being part of great social conversation.”

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021…….Manjano Art Competion, Alliance Francaese
2021…….Group Exhibition Little Art Gallery , Nairobi Kenya

2020……Group Exhibition Little Art Gallery , Nairobi Kenya
2020…….Manjano Art Competion, Village Market
2020……Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya
2020……Bookbunk Art Auction Nairobi Kenya

2019…….Manjano Art Competion, Village Market
2019…….Group Exhition at international schools of Kenya(ISK)
2019…….Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya
2019…….Group Exhibition , Karen Country Club
2019…….(Essence of time)Jimmy Kitheka and Nedia were , Nairobi National Museums of Kenya
2019…….Group Exhibition Arusha Cultural Heritage Arusha Tanzani

2018…….Mentorship Art Program Dust Depo by Partrick Mukabi
2018…….Safaricom Art Competition,Nairobi Kenya
2018…….Group Exhibiton at Mckinsey Mtaani Exhibition
2018…….Group Exhition at international schools of Kenya(ISk)
2018…….Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya

2017…….Manjano Art competition Village Market
2017…….Kenya Art Fair Sarit Centre
2017…….Group Exhibition Karen Country club
2017…….Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya

2016 …… Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya
2016……. Group Exhibition Karen Country club
2016…….Group Exhibition Karen Country club

2015…….. Group Exhibition Karen
2015……… Group Exhibition Karen Country clu Country club

AWARDS
1ST PRIZE WINNER Manjano Art Competion Nairobi Kenya …..2017
1ST PRIZE WINNER Safaricom art Competion Nairobi Kenya …..2018

PRESS
DAIL NATION newspaper
SAFARICOM telecommunication company

TALKS/ WARKSHOPS
Art talk…………………… Kenyatta University( department of fine art )
Art talk…………………… University of Nairobi (department of Art and Design)

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