Titus Barasa (1944) -- Mixed Media
I was educated by the Mill Hill Catholic missionary fathers, at St. Peters seminary, Kakamega.One of the fathers was an expert in the visual arts.
He inspired me tremendously and instilled in me a deep sense of aesthetic values. In December 1964, I finished my form four secondary education at St. Peter’s seminary and got a second division pass In the Cambridge School leaving certificate.
In April 1966 I joined the Kenya Army as an officer cadet and trained at Lanet in Kenya for five months and then went on to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom for a further two year officer cadet course.
While in Sandhurst I toured Europe and was impressed and touched by the rich culture in the arts that existed in that part of the world. Once again my heart was captured by the splendor in the artistic world.
In August 1968 I returned to Kenya where I was granted a commission in the Kenya Army in the rank of lieutenant. My artistic bearing made me very bright, confident and articulate. I prematurely retired from the Kenya Armed Forces in 1979 in the rank of captain.
Out of the army, I had ample time to realize my artistic ambitions. I have always loved art because it inspires my spiritual and material out-looks. It gives me a clear perspective about myself, other people, my environment and above all, my creator.
I owe alot to my family because they have been very much instrumental in supporting my art career. I do art to educate people and to create awareness and solutions to the challenges that we face in our every day life. I have trained a number of young men and women and I have brought love, light and hope to many.
I strive to dig into new dimensions of art. I divert from the mainstream to create a niche for myself.
There is one area of art that immensely intrigues and interests me; this is art by Mother Nature. I have a collection of art pieces that is exclusively created by nature. This dimension of art is not recognized and has not been explored, yet, there is so much of it that it dwarves what man does with his hands. Nature has this phenomenon of curving images on rocks, hardwood and on land.
Over the years the the elements i.e. rain, heat, wind and insects mysteriously work together cohesively to create images representing life on earth. Some pieces are so bewildering that it pulses the human mind to the extreme limits of its imagination.
I have one such piece I called it the ‘external embrace’ nature curved two persons, male and female embracing one another. This curving is very unique and it is the only one that is and ever will be in the universe.
I do a variety of artworks including; Mosaic, Modelling, Nature collections and Painting
My exposure as an artist is as follows:
I have taken part in many exhibitions including places like, Sarit centre Nairobi, The village market Nairobi, The Goethe Institute Nairobi and others.
2009 - Mount Kirimara (Mt. Kenya) for the Kirimara Springs Hotel at Nanyuki.
2010 - The family bank Kakamega for a piece called ‘The Maragoli Woman’
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