Chemu Ng’ok


Chemu Ng’ok (1989, Nairobi, Kenya) lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. Questions of power and agency are fundamental to Chemu Ng’ok’s painting practice. Using bold swathes of colour, thin washes of paint, and wavering fine lines, Chemu’s mark-making can be read in relation to the opaque membrane between public and private, personal and political.

She was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Visual and Performing Arts of Africa Masters Bursary (2016) and completed her Master's degree in Fine Art, Painting at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (2017). Ng’ok exhibited at the 4th New Museum Triennial, Songs for Sabotage, in New York (2018). She has also exhibited at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2019); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2017); SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch (2016); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2015) and Rhodes University, Grahamstown (2014).