Kamicha, known as Zacharia Mbutha, was born in 1949
in Kamburu Village, Kenya. In 1968 Mbutha won an award in an all
African art competition and, although he trained and worked as
a teacher for many years, his interest in the arts never waned.
In 1979 he resigned from his job as a primary school headmaster,
steadily devoting more of his time to painting.
Mbutha s work is the product of his experimentation and
the occasional library books on modern art that he has read. From
his study of the modern masters, he has invented his own unique
style. From Van Gogh he learned bold colours and the impact of
vital, dabbed paint marks. The work by Picasso of the 1920s inspired
Zacharia Mbutha s powerful, imposing monumental figures.
is known as a social commentator, whose works reflect and record
the issues of traditional African life against the sometimes conflicting
surroundings of modern society. Of late, Mbutha has been painting
wider issues of love, conservation, hunger, and poverty. He is
an artist of rare dedication and is by far his own strongest critic,
working and reworking his paintings until he is satisfied. Mbutha
's paintings have extraordinary life and capture both the reality
of his chosen subjects and the freshness of a creative spirit
at work. His style of applying paint in small dabs creates a thick,
rich tapestry of colour.
Mbutha is a well known artist internationally whose work is held
in public and private collections worldwide.