Interview with Artist Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula from Bungoma County, Kenya

Kennedy Wafula

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula is a self taught artist from Bungoma County, Kenya. He derives deep inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci. You can find out more about Kennedy on his profile on ArtBreak.com.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I am Kennedy Wafula from Bungoma county, born in 1992. I studied at Nzoia Primary school then joined Bungoma High School where I was privileged to take art/design as my favourite subject. I did my exams in 2011 and I have not yet joined university. My art dates back to 1999. As a child I used to trace pictures just for fun. In 2003 I came to discover my talent when I realized my classmate Dennis Munyasi drawing amazing picture just from a magazine that attracted the attention of the whole class. When I gave a try to draw what he drew I realized I had the potential to draw picture although he was miles ahead of me.

ExtraImaginary: What is your art about?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: Its all about drawing and painting. I am a fine artist specialised in still-life, landscape and designing. What I do most is drawing and painting pictures derived from sources such as magazines and the internet. I do this to improve my day to day skills to develop my imagination skills.

ExtraImaginary: You have adopted the last name “Da Vinci”. Tell us about that.

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I opted the name ‘Da Vinci’ because my role model is Leonard Da Vinci – the greatest artist in ancient times in history of art. I adopted his last name having a belief that one day I will reach his level of art.

ExtraImaginary: You do sketches as well as paintings. What materials and techniques do you use?

Kennedy Wafula DrawingKennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: In painting, I use fabric (as painting ground), paints, brushes and pencil (for sketchwork). In drawing I use drawing charts, different pencil sizes, eraser, ruler and Sharpening machine among others. I also use printing technique applied to fabric, using stencils, silk screen with squeegee and paints.

ExtraImaginary: What inspires you to create?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: When I draw something I have self belief in me that I am perfecting myself having my role model in mind and that I can make it just as he did.

ExtraImaginary: What is your most memorable moment as an artist?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I was assigned some printing work by an Indian enterprise to print signs and the enterprise name of their workshop in their cane trailers, a skill I didn’t know. Despite of my worry and anxiety about the manager’s command of how I was going to make it, I came with an exact extract that proved who I am. I developed sign-writting skills from there. That was the first day I was paid as an artist.

ExtraImaginary: Who are your favourite artists?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: Mosoti Kepha the sculptor. Through him, I got to discover your website on Google. Maurice Nato the painter as well as the sign writer whose works speak with quiet confidence about demand of his services. He taught me the art of mural painting.

ExtraImaginary: What are your goals in regards to your art?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: My goal is to give a try what I don’t know, whatever I discover takes me to the next level knowing in mind that never shall I give up in what I do concerning art. I want to nurture every aspect of skill in art to become one of the greatest artists around the globe.

ExtraImaginary: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you?

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I use my creativity to write books, discovering new things in life to write my own sayings about the lessons I have learnt about life. Lastly but not least, I have attached some of my works. I hope that you will appreciate them and be able to take me to the next level, which I will appreciate very much.

ExtraImaginary: Thanks Kennedy. You’re ExtraImaginary

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