The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: Profile of School-Leaver Who Loves Nature

NAFTALY MAINA, 19, has finished school in Sipili, Laikipia West, and now works with metal in Nakuru. Naftaly is a master of landscape. His is gentle, reflective and totally absorbed by the artwork as he paints.

"I love nature," he simply says. "The pictures that I paint distribute peace among Kenyans and I hope to inspire Kenyans to conserve the environment. I learnt art at the MASK's art workshops that made me so happy. I have learnt that you can communicate ideas through paintings."

All young people up to and including the age of 25 in Kenya can submit their artworks on paper, card, board or canvas (paintings, drawings, prints, collages, or works made out of recycled or natural materials) on the theme 'What makes you proud about Kenya' to: The 2013 Mask Art Prize, Elsamere Centre, P.O. Box 1497, Naivasha before May 1 to win prizes and an opportunity to exhibit in Nairobi and London. For more information and full entry rules, visit www.mobileartschoolinkenya.org/mask-art-prize/

The Mask Art Prize is organised by the Mobile Art School in Kenya, contact@mobileartschoolinkenya.org. The Star and Kiss 100 are the official media partners of the competition.

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