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 56 868
Lot 65
  • Sane Wadu; Self Portrait as Fisherman
  • Sane Wadu; Self Portrait as Fisherman

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 56 868

About this Item

Kenyan 1954-
Self Portrait as Fisherman

signed and dated 02

oil on canvas
81 by 56 by 2,5cm, unframed


Sane Wadu began painting professionally in the 1980s, after giving up his career as a teacher. He became one of Gallery Watatu’s most successful and iconic artists with distinctive, energetic, and often humorous themes floating through his work. Spanning a long and distinguished career of over four decades, Sane’s contribution to the local art community is unparalleled. He co-founded the Ngecha Artists Association in the 1990s with Eunice Wadu, Wanyu Brush, and Chain Muhandi and, alongside his artist-wife, Eunice, continues to support young artists through The Sane Wadu Trust where they teach workshops every weekend from their studio in Naivasha. His paintings have been exhibited worldwide, including in the USA, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and the UK, most notably in the seminal exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa in 1995 and its accompanying book. In 2020 Sane Wadu had a retrospective at Nairobi Contemporary Arts Institute (NCAI), Kenya and was also featured in the travelling group show Mwili Akili Na Roho at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK and Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany. Sane Wadu most recently had a retrospective at NCAI.

Biography courtesy of Circle Art Gallery.


Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2023.


Circle Art Gallery, Cromwell Place, London, East African Masters, 6 to 11 October 2022.

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