Friday, 30 August 2019

MARGARETTA'S ARTS BIO


Margaretta wa Gacheru, Ph.D has been writing about Kenyan art for the local media for decades. She began at Weekly Review and Nairobi Times with Hilary Ng’weno, when few Kenyans were committed to creating contemporary art. Today the situation has changed dramatically.
Margaretta has written about Kenyan art for nearly all the Kenyan press. She has worked for The Standard, The Star, The Nation Media Group, Viva, Men Only, The East African and others.
           Margaretta with Eunice Waititu at Tafaria Castle. Behind is Fred Abuga triptych commissioned by George Waititu

She went back to school and got a Ph.D in the sociology of contemporary Kenyan art. Her dissertation became a book, “The Transformation of Contemporary Kenyan Art: 1960-2010”.
Currently, Margaretta has a weekly visual arts column in The Business Daily and one in The Saturday Nation. She has personally witnessed ‘the transformation of contemporary Kenyan art’ and is excited by the rapidly changing Kenyan art world.
Margaretta also coordinates the Kenyan Arts Diary, an annual catalog of up-and-coming as well as established Kenyan and East African artists. The Diary 2020 will contain 70 artists.
                                                                     Staff at Business Daily 2019 August

August 30, 2019
                                                                            MG with Eric Gitonga, Photographer

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