Country: Kenya • Medium: Oil on canvas
Born and bred, schooled and now living & working in Nairobi, Thom started out as a painter but with time has ventured into printmaking and occasionally tries out his hand in photography, video and site-specific installations.
Ogonga is not only interested in identity and socio-political narratives & interrogations as themes of his work, but also in the daily happenings of the city he lives in. He is fascinated by the night life and the beauty of women, as is evident in his work. His art is clean, reductive and illustrative, often working with the female form.
Thom has exhibited widely in Kenya and abroad and also participated in several International Artists Workshops.
He also took part in special projects like the travelling billboard (Images In Transit) and painting with refugees in the camps (Building Art Together).
Ogonga was awarded the 2nd prize in the painting category in the Elysee Treaty competition in 2006.
2009: “Tulipamwe”, FNCC, Windhoek, Namibia.
2009: Stereotype I-Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Art, Nairobi
2007: Jana Leo Kesho-Rahimtulla MoMa, Nairobi
2006: Contemporary Art in Kenya-French Cultural Centre-Nairobi
2006: Edition Two-RaMoMa
2005: New Prints-Nairobi Java
2004: Edition One-East Africa Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2004: Art In Movement-French Cultural & Co-Operation Centre, Nairobi
2004: For Your Mind’s Eye-Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius
2003: “X”-E.A Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2003: Festival Mundial-Leijpark, Tilburg, Netherlands
2003: 'Insights into Kenya’, La Rustique Restaurant, Nairobi
2003: Black History Month-United States International University, Nairobi
2002: Godskitchen-E.A. Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2001: Images in Transit-Old Law Courts Gallery, Mombasa
2001: Nairobi Day and Night Club-E.A Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
1999: De Kracht Van Kakuma-Troppen Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1997: Africa I Denmark-Christiania, Denmark