We met Saviour Omondi at Maasai Mbili studio. He is the youngest participant of this art space.
Interviewers: Michau Kühn and Isabella Schulz
Whats your name and how old are you?
Saviour Omondi. I'm ten.
And you do paintings?
Yes, I started long ago, in 2010.
Do your parents support your painting?
Saviour: I came here when someone from Maasai Mbili told me I could draw on paper. Then I painted a picture and he put it in the computer and asked me “What is your name?”. I told him my name was Saviour. Then he called me another day and took me to his studio in Kuona Trust. I drew there, and I came here when he told me I should try to paint. When I tried to paint I came here every day. I came here to draw, and when the night came I went home. And then, every day I came to paint. One day, I went to an artist gallery to earn money so I could buy me a book about drawing. One day, we went to a party and someone gave me money to buy paint. I went to my mother and gave her the money. My mother then bought paint and a brush for me.
One can see a lot of people and buildings in your paintings. Do you like to paint the houses and people of Kibera?
Yes. Then I teach somebody to draw. The people know I like to draw. When I go there, the babies call me an artist. My brother is an artist. He's in class one, a small one. I go to class three.
What would you like to say about Kibera?
I like Kibera, because in Kibera there is something to buy, there is the shop, and the cars. When you need something, you can take the car and go.
Are the people in Kibera interested in art?
Yes, but not all of them.