In Summary
  • But things were not always this rosy.
  • He’s hawked shoes, worked as a motorbike repairer and as an agent.
  • We find him putting the final touches to a Nelson Mandela portrait that he’s painting on canvas.

Robert Chumbi, 28, lives off his art. But things were not always this rosy. He’s hawked shoes, worked as a motorbike repairer and as a house agent.

We found him putting the final touches to a Nelson Mandela portrait that he’s painting on canvas.

Robert learnt to be a sculptor from a friend but later abandoned it as he could not make ends meet from the money he made. He went back to his first love of painting.

We found him putting the final touches to a Nelson Mandela portrait that he’s painting on canvas. PHOTO| MARGARET MAINA

We found him putting the final touches to a Nelson Mandela portrait that he’s painting on canvas. PHOTO| MARGARET MAINA

“I had a spot to display my arts in Kinoo but the road had to be expanded and I was left torn on where to move to. I chose Nakuru because I would travel there to market my pieces once in a while and the profit was tempting, I thought it was best to move.”

Robert, together with his friend Samwel Kinuthia packed their belongings in January 2019 and settled in Nakuru. He says he draws his inspiration from day to day activities.

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