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Martin Bulinya

Martin Bulinya

October 02, 2018

Martin Bulinya's African artwork about the Maasai tribe has universal appeal across East Africa. The beauty of Martin's African art paintings is not only in its detailed emotion and clothes design, but in the marketing of the paintings Bulinya employs himself. His work is just all over Nairobi, the capital city, and virtually everybody loves it! In fact, it is safe to say that Martin's original African paintings are probably the most seen all over Nairobi's galleries, events, and shops. He really gets around! 

TrueAfricanArt.com asked Martin why he has made so much African art for sale. He told us that they have been made over the years. "For a long time, I used to paint, but I never used to sell. When the market accepted my art, I sold a lot and continue to do so. So I paint all the time." 

TrueAfricanArt.com also asked Martin Bulinya to describe his genius for being an African painter. He said, "Art is an interest on some level to most people, but maybe some of us see things more deeper than others and then they have the ability now to try to portray them in a particular medium. So I think there is a kind of mixture of things when it comes to art, whether it is in language, music, drama, or the visual. I am sure even you are an artist in one of these things. Any form of art is a talent distributed to us as humans once we discover it within ourselves." 

Maasai Art by Martin Bulinya

Most of all, Martin Bulinya wants people to know this about his African art paintings: "If you look at my art's colors, its themes, and characters poise, they bring joy to most people. I like painting images that give hope to life. I rarely paint the negative, because I want to give people hope." 

The paintings you see on Martin Bulinya's pages on TrueAfricanArt.com 's African art paintings gallery are mostly of the Maasai tribe among their village, sometimes with their huts and cows. The characters are all in a great variety of poses and stances. If you take a larger look at the details you can see on most paintings, a sparkling style exemplified in the clothing of each Maasai character. These sparkles are drawn in colored ink with decorative shapes and give an animated look to the clothing the Maasai feature.

African Artist Martin Bulinya with True African Art .com Owner, Gathinja Yamokoski
- African Maasai artist Martin Bulinya with his original painting and friend, Gathinja


MARTIN BULINYA'S BIOGRAPHY
...IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Martin shared with TrueAfricanArt.com on more about his background so that you, our visitors, would get to know him too on a more personal level. The content on his this Page and what's finished on his Biography page are what was updated and transcribed: 

African paintings artist Martin Bulinya, around 65 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.

Cropped photo that focuses in on the detail of Martin Bulinya's Black African art

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." 

 Martin Bulinya and Gathinja with one of his paintings for sale

Martin Bulinya with his Waterfall painting & Gathinja.  

TrueAfricanArt.com asked Martin 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..." 

 If you are interested in any paintings from Martin or would like to learn more about him, visit: https://trueafricanart.com/pages/martin-bulinya



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