relationship to cultural ideas using art. Her themes
relate to social issues based on identity, intertwining
the use of public and personal histories. The concept
of loss remains a recurring theme.
Miriam Syowia Kyambi (1979) was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She
graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the United States of America where she resided for five
years from 1998, returning to Kenya in 2003.
Miriam tends to include autobiographical scenes, which are mostly displayed in series of works or installation projects. As history repeats, so Miriam’s work repeatedly wraps, ties and braids. The multiple layers of identity recur as similar layers, hidden in the symbols and the fabric of her multimedia approach.
As much as Miriam sees repetition in history she acknowledges repetition also in space through her study of divergent cultures. She is deeply aware of the effects
of societies on the individual and the failings of human nature. The themes of
history, identity and cultural heritage continue to feature in her work as she
develops traditional knowledge in a contemporary approach.
In the past ten years Miriam's works have travelled to several local and
international exhibitions and were recognized by the UNESCO Promotion of Arts award hosted in Bamako, Mali in 2004. Her work is part of the Africa collection at
the Kouvola Art Museum in Finland. She was featured at the Fair Bruneaf in Brussels in 2012.