Portraits Africa | Cephas Mutua Muthini
Cephas Mutua MuthiniArtist Cephas Mutua Muthini. Nairobi, Kenya

Cephas Mutua Muthini, Nairobi, Kenya

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"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me", St. Paul (Philippians 4:13).

"Chance favours the prepared mind", Louis Pasteur. Lecture, University of Lille, December 1854.


Images and concepts in my works are brought about by the constant process of observing nature (with all its colours), smudging, rough sketching and doodling; connecting them to advice, cultures, dreams, feelings,expressions and events. Acrylic paints on canvas, pencils, ball point pens, soft pastels on paper, these are the primary mediums I use, experimenting with glue, wall filler, sand, sawdust, locally available mediums. All to feed more energy into the works being produced.

Though my preferred tool to apply paint idsthe brush, I also use my fingers, rugs, plates cut from wooden boards, particularly at the start of mixed media work. This helps with the challenges in the formation of backgrounds. There is always a new ground for exploration. Each new work drives and enlightens me: about conservation, about the man-made, the idealistic, about perspective; an approach rooted in the very thought processes of reasoning and innovation.

Asked to explain what really inspires me, I would paint it or to draw a line. For an artist, the only means to talk about inspiration is visual . Every emotion, every beauty, every simplest expression has a shape, a colour or texture, able to communicate in itself. Visual expression is beauty. And everyone loves beauty, expressed or responding in their own way, and in contrast and reaction to the ugliness in life.



Contact the artist via Keith McFarlane (Portraits Africa)at editor@negativeentropy.net who will provide an introduction. Artist and buyer are free to negotiate on both subject and price. While the artist has provided a guide-price or price indication, the first step in any commission is that artist and buyer agree the price, size, subject and materials of the composition and its delivery date. Portraits Africa will then request the agreed commission fee from the buyer, and on receipt of that fee will advise the artist to start work. The fee will not be released to the artist until the work has been completed and delivered to the buyer. Should a dispute arise between artist and buyer, it is Portraits Africa that will adjudicate. For the service prospectus, Terms & Conditions, see Commissioning a Portrait.


Paper | Canvas Size

Pencil | Charcoal

Oil | Acrylics

A3 297 mm x 420 mm 11.7" x 16.2" N/A USD 100
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" N/A USD 150
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" N/A USD 250
A0 841 mm x 1,189 mm 33.1" x 46.8" N/A USD 500




  1. These are guide prices. They are not binding on the artist, but are intended to set the buyer’s expectations prior to the artist being contacted.
  2. Prices will vary with the materials used, with the number of subjects (complexity) and with the overall size.
  3. Prices do not include shipping, packing, framing or insurance costs. These should be itemised separately and the total price agreed up-front.
  4. Portraits Africa will not involve itself in the matter of the commission price. The service offered relates only to the delivery of the finished portrait and to assuring the quality of the work produced.