Mike Omondi Mulinya is an artist focused on painting and mix media on canvas. He is the owner of Olympus Art and is based in Ngara, Nairobi. He often documents his progress on canvas on Instagram. You’ll often find a work-in-progress post and project-complete post on his feed.
What I love most about his work is the color that explodes off canvas: so vivid and authentic. Read on to discover more about Mike and his art, in the following interview.
Q. Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Mike Omondi Mulinya. I’m 21 years old and a student of International Relations and Diplomacy. I do Art and Design as my part-time side hustle in this world full of fantasies and conspiracies just to satisfy my spirit of art and adventure.
You’re an artist, what is your experience in your industry in Kenya?
The art industry in Kenya though not so tough, is also not an easy walk through. Though the industry has prominent artists, not many of them are willing to sit and have a chit-chat of encouragement and prosperity (with new artists). I think there is fear of overtake in their monopoly market of art. To add, I started up with four paintings in 2017 and went to ask for a chance at Alliance Française and they told me that they don’t exhibit the paintings that I was doing. They were kinda small I guess. So, lucky for me, they were bold to my aunt who bought them all.
What Inspires you? What inspired your most favorite artwork?
My dream and passion of having the Olympus Art Gallery is my wheel that I push daily. This inspires me every dawn and dusk. What inspired my most favourite work is nature. God was creative with the world, so God is an Artist and so that inspired my paintings that I paint (nature.)
How or why did you start making art?
I started making art in high school so as to preserve the art culture that I almost see is coming to an end. I also started making art since I’m art coherent. It’s in me and I really wanted to bring the art culture to bold light and say Art is what I dream and I paint my dreams. In this world, one can’t survive without cash. I had to look for a source of income. I chose making art as my source of income.
What is your most important artist tool?
My important artist tool is my paint brush, since they help me create vivid artistic images for the future and for utilization purpose.
Do you only paint on canvas, or can you make art in other forms? For example, painting murals, making greeting cards, or even on clothes?
I paint on canvas and any hardware material that paint is compatible. I can paint and make things to order.
What are your thoughts to aspiring artists in Kenya?
My thoughts are don’t give up on your dreams. As an artist, stand up bold and be what and who you want to be in life because we live once.
There is special magic in a painting on canvas hanging on a wall. If you’re looking for an artist to get art for your walls, your place of work, your …insert preference…do check out Mike’s Art. His contacts below:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @olympus_arts_mike
- Phone: 0708825023 (based in Ngara, Nairobi)