Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 175 875
Lot 56
  • Cyrus Kabiru; Amittai
  • Cyrus Kabiru; Amittai

Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 175 875

About this Item

Kenyan 1984-

accompanied by a SMAC gallery certificate of authenticity signed and dated 10 November 2022

steel and found objects
height: 155cm; width: 202cm; depth: 25cm


Cyrus Kabiru was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where he still lives and works.

In 2013, Kabiru was a fellow at TED’s The Young, The Gifted, The Undiscovered conference in Los Angeles. In 2016, he was selected as one of Quartz’s Africa Innovators in Nairobi, Kenya; he was a featured artist in the Gestalten publication titled Africa Rising: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa; and he was the resident artist at the Han Nefkens Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. He participated in the Zeitz MOCAA Artist in Residency Programme in Kenya in 2018 and in the Africa First residency in Israel in 2019.

Kabiru has exhibited frequently in solo and group shows, both internationally and on the African continent, including Upcoming in 2010 at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Kenya; C-Stunners & Black Mamba at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; Beyond Borders, the 5th Beaufort Triennial in West Flanders Belgium; Lumières d’Afriques at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, France; and The Shadows Took Shape at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

Kabiru’s work is included in the Zeitz MOCAA permanent collection and in numerous other notable public and private collections in Europe, the United States of America, Kenya, and South Africa.

Biography adapted from information courtesy of Africa First.


SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2017.

Private Collection.


SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, CYRUS KABIRU: Pandashuka, solo exhibition, 13 September 2017 to 21 October 2017.

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