CYRUS KABIRU: AFROFUTURISM, ARTIST AND SCULPTOR

Cyrus Kabiru is a Nairobi-based artist and 2013 TED fellow whose work has also gained international acclaim especially for his sculptural work on very elaborate glasses referred to as C-Stunners. C-Stunners are made exclusively from recycled objects picked by Kabiru around Nairobi. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Duetsche Welle and The Guardian among many others. His creativity, eclecticism and the fact he is self-taught just shows how Kenya’s young generation has embraced out-of-the-box approach to fostering creativity and innovation.

Last year Kabiru was named to the Quartz Africa Innovators 2016 list. Quartz follows the following criteria in compiling their innovators list –  “….innovators have been chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems.” (source:Quartz)

Afrofuturism seeks to retell Black/African history in a futuristic “Scifi” manner through many different literary media such as music, art and sculpture. In music, American artists like Sun Ra, Janelle Monáe, Missy Elliott, Rihanna and even Beyoncé have also captured Afrofuturism through their hairstyles, costumes, music and video production.

Hear Kabiru in his own words below. You can also see more of Kabiru’s art on his Facebook Page.