Dr Kimathi Donkor’s work appropriates the archaic methodologies of history painting to address mythic, historical and legendary encounters from across Africa and its global Diasporas.
Famous, infamous and unknown figures are imagined in moments of crisis, challenge and repose, often with critical references to contemporary life or détournements of canonical art and literature. His practice-led doctoral research explored the unrecognised relationships between Africana and the Tate’s national collection of British art.
Donkor has exhibited in solo and group shows internationally, including at the Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale and the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion for the 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil). He has also shown at Goethe Institute (Johannesburg, South Africa), the British School at Rome (Italy) and across the United Kingdom at Rivington Place (London), Usher Gallery (Lincoln) and the New Art Exchange (Nottingham).
His work is held in the collections of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the International Slavery Museum (Liverpool).