Omosh Kindeh, Nairobi's Calm, Oil on Vinyl 79" x 118".
Omosh Kindeh's work captures Nairobi city from his home in Kayole. Kayole is a working class estate in Nairobi with little or no urban planning. The estate is popular with young Kenyans because it provides decent affordable housing and is just a bus ride away from the heart of urban Nairobi. Omosh loved Kayole greatly--it resonated with his non-conformist soul.
We are all still grieving the loss of Omosh, and it's hard to imagine life without him. His ever cheerful and inviting demeanor will be dearly missed by all of us. Omosh saw calm and order in Kayole where most saw confusion. The synergy between Omosh and Kayole transpired to produce his largest and most elaborate work to date (above): Nairobi's Calm. It's a view of Nairobi city from the concrete high rise towers of Kayole estate.
Omosh Kindeh is a designer and true original artist. His work is a mirror of how human-centered design thinking can be employed by a visionary artist in a vibrant city like Nairobi. Design thinking is a way of problem solving in every culture on our planet. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; in this case, the contested image of Nairobi city. His work inspires not just regular working class Kenyans but also urban planners, engineers, and development economists.
Omosh sets out on a quest to capture authentic Nairobi. He delivers on a big vinyl canvas (79" x 118") capturing the magnificent Nairobi that we have all come to know and love, but at the same time he is able to point to the flaws of our city in a beautiful, truthful way. His work, Nairobi's Calm, brings happiness and creative satisfaction to any person who has been to Nairobi and even one who is not familiar with the city - the mark of a good designer.
Through empathy, Omosh is able to connect with many people who are drawn to his talent and humble demeanor. The Nairobi he captures is one from the perspective of his diverse friends scattered across Nairobi. The perspective of those from his home in the working class estate of Kayole, and those of the Killimani area (home to Nairobi's middle class) where his studio is located.
Omosh will be dearly missed by the whole Kenyan art community.
Rest in peace, my friend.
Dane Verrtah's words:
"Omosh Kindeh should be remembered as the greatest city planner in 21st century Africa. For him, this work is an artform and a way of storytelling. He used his talents to tell the truth about Africa’s relationships with the modern city.
His unique gift and contribution to the African world is his ability to show Urban Africa as it is experienced, as it is felt by people. Omosh Kindeh’s work tells the truth about where we are now, and where our cities could go if we continue to accept a city planning without soul and love. While his work honors a people's ability to endure and survive, we must honor Omosh’s contributions by making Urban Africa a place that is more livable, green, and prosperous."