In February 2017, BAZART had the privilege of collaborating with WiseTwo for the International Public Art Festival (IPAF) in the Suburb of Salt River, Cape Town.
WiseTwo has been on the street art scene for more than 10 years. He has become a forerunner for Kenya and has been listed as one of the top 50 public art artist globally. He describes his style as “Afro-psychedelic” and uses his roots in India and Kenya as his main inspirations. His style has become easily identifiable as he often uses stencil with a pinch of African culture as his signature.
WiseTwo has a rather impressive portfolio, working alongside some of the most recognised street artists in countries from Uganda, France, Columbia, Tunisia, South Arica, Germany, only to name a few. He has been featured in documentaries, CNN and many other media outlets.
He was privileged enough to have had an ultra successful first solo show in Paris at one of the most prestigious galleries in Europe, Galerie Itinerrance, November 2015.
Solo Exhibition by WiseTwo, Paris, November 2015
When asked what it was that he owed his success to, WiseTwo coughed up some profound yet super simplistic advice which is to follow:
• Small consistent efforts over time. “By keeping it up for a long period of time-things are bound to fall into to place”.
• Optimising on the context that you find yourself in and capitalize on the opportunities. For instance, “having a website in the information age will definitely give you more mileage”.
• Appreciate your individuality. “The style of work that I created is quite unique and easily identifiable”. Being unique is trademark in itself.
• Embrace your story and your humble beginnings. “Coming from Nairobi, I believe was a blessing in itself as it gave me an extra edge. All these renowned public artist are all either from Europe of the Americas. Being from “Africa”, made me relevant”.
• Being streetwise. “The most important thing about existing in today’s world is being street smart. Knowing just how to engage with different types of people and being grounded. School is fine. School is not too grand. I know people who have degrees but still…”
Wisetwo will go down in the street art wall of fame as one of the only artist to paint at an international airport. He was selected as one out of ten artists who were afforded the opportunity to paint around the construction site at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for the “Spray for Change” peace campaign. His very identifiable afro-psychedelic style was channelled as a tribal mask in the mural.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, July, 2012.
For more info visit: www.sprayforchange.com