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Shine Tani    Shine Tani

Shine Tani was born in 1967 in Ngecha Location in the Kiambu district (Kenya). He joined Rironi primary school in 1977 and did the certificate of primary examination in 1983. In his school life he acted as a teacher giving instruction to the pupils who had art interest in the class. Art was not taught in school but at home his elder brothers did a lot of drawings and they influenced him much.

His parents were poor so that they could not afford to educate him further. He chose to seek for ways of survival and joined an acrobatic group in the village. It was not easy with the group since he earned very little so at that time he decided to go in the street to fight for life.

For some years he survived as a street boy. He quieted the streets with shillings 100 that he had begged. At that time he saw paintings hanging on the walls of the Galleries and he decided to develop what he had done in his school life. Then in 1988 he started to be a serious artist. Shine is the founding member of Banana hill art studio. He has been the studio director since 1992.

Shine Tani is inspired by day to day life and personal experiences expressing his feelings through art.

Some interesting links on Shine Tani:

Shine Tani won the Missio Art Award 1997 together with Francis Mampuya-Kitah, Kongo (website in German):

www.missio-aachen.de/missio/kultur/kp1997.html (no longer available)

The United Nations Millennium Art Exhibition: Our World in the Year 2000.
Mall Galleries, London; World Trade Centre, Stockholm and United Nations, New York:



1989 Ngecha village of artists, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1990 Kenya art panorama, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1990 Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1991-2002 Annual Museum Art Festive at the National Museum of Kenya
1991 Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1992 Kenya art panorama, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1992 New Gallery Watatu, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1992 Gringoes Restaurant, Nairobi, Kenya
1993 Artistic voices, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1993 Wild life art, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1993 Kenya art panorama, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1994 New art from Nairobi - Philadelphia, USA
1994 Art engraving - British Council, Nairobi, Kenya
1994 Poetry 94, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1994 Wild life 94, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
1994 Art from Banana hill, Waltrop, Germany
1994 Circle, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1995 Pan Africa Art, Kampala Uganda
1995 Total oil personage, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1995 Banana hill art, Philadelphia, USA
1995 Banana hill art for Africa, Dortmund, Germany
1996 Banana hill art reflection, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1996 French Cultural Center, Kampala, Uganda
1996 Exhibition for the Banana hills, Koeln, Germany.
1997 Goethe Institute, Kampala, Uganda
1997 East Africa for East Africa industries, National Museum Nairobi, Kenya
1997 Missio, Aachen, Germany
1997 Cafe Zuflucht, Aachen, Germany
1997-2002 Art Affair, Nairobi, Kenya
1997 Manzan Dela Rivera, Paraguay
1998 Liege, Belgium
1998 Daraja, Goethe Institute Nairobi, Kenya
1998 Heart expression, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
1998 Sculpture exhibition at the product design center, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Kenyan art, Mofheim city hall, Germany
1999 Residence at Le hors, Marseille, France
1999 New Kenyan art, Kubatana Gallery, Atlanta, USA
1999 Nairobi insecurity, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Bomb Blast terror, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Nairobi insecurity, UNI offices, Nairobi, Kenya
1999 Contemporery Africa art, Bio pharmaceutical technology, Karkway, Madison, USA
1999-2000 Black hills, Cafe Parisian, Marseille, France
2000 Our world 2000, London, UK
2000 Our world 2000, UNI Headquarters, New York, USA
2000 Our world 2000, Stockholm, Sweden
2000 Survival of the artists, French Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya
2001 Strokes on the hills, Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya
2001 Street exhibition, Ramoma, Nairobi, Kenya
2001 French Ambassador Residence, Nairobi, Kenya
2002 Inner Coat, National Museum Nairobi, Kenia

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