Project Description

Ian Banja

Ian Banja was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. The self taught artist is fascinated by the close examination of ordinary objects and placing them in an unusual context. While his subjects are diverse, Banja is repeatedly drawn to portraits and the everyday encounters his subjects find themselves in. In his Struggles series, the artist depicts the habituous hustles of his peers, as he states “I try to express the everyday tussles I witness, the stories I have are never ending”. Ian Banja is creating worlds within worlds through painting small windows as clues into his inner psyche. His upbeat street style paired with detailed technical and aesthetic consideration offers the viewer a glimpse into the near future. 

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Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Light
2021
Acrylic on canvas
105 x 100 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Black Excellence
2021
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 95 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Thoughts
2021
Acrylic on canvas
95 x 85 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Dreams and Nightmares
2021
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 100 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Hand to Mouth
2021
Acrylic on Canvas
100 x 100 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

A Better Tomorrow
2021
Acrylic on Canvas
100 x 90 cm
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Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Man in the Mirror
2021
Acrylic on Canvas
90 x 80 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Fallen Into An Abyss
2021
Acrylic on canvas
110 x 100 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Tomorrow Will Be Better
2021
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 110 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Time is of the Essence
2021
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 110 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Tomorrow Will Be Better
2021
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 110 cm

Ian Banja | 2021 | Cape Town | Art Gallery | Eclectica Contemporary | Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Waiting for Love
2021
Acrylic on canvas
110 x 100 cm