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Bankslave, whose real name is Kevin Esendi, is a Kenyan artist known for his stunning murals that showcase African culture and promote social change.
The artist has gained recognition for his vibrant colors, intricate details, and bold imagery.
One of Bankslave’s most notable works is a mural of South African rapper AKA, painted on a wall in Nairobi’s Central Business District.
The mural depicts AKA’s face and has been widely praised for its striking visuals and the way it captures the rapper’s larger-than-life personality.
AKA was a pan-Africanist who touched all corners of the continent with his music.
His sudden death in 10th of February 2023 shocked and saddened many people, especially those in the African community.
Bankslave’s mural of AKA serves as a reminder of his impact on African culture and music, and the need to celebrate and promote African talent to the world.
Bankslave has also created murals of other notable figures around the world, including a George Floyd portrait, Lupita Nyong’o, Mzee Ojwang, Barack Obama, Papa Shirandula, Bob Marley, Miriam Makena, Michael Jordan, Sauti Sol, Eliud Kipchoge, just to mention a few.
His murals have become a symbol of African creativity and innovation, and his art has inspired a new generation of artists in Kenya and beyond.
Bankslave, who started his career as a graffiti writer in Nairobi, is a self-taught artist who transitioned to mural painting, where he found his true passion.
His art has been used to promote awareness of issues such as human rights, environmental conservation, and gender equality.
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Bankslave’s murals are stunning works of art that celebrate African culture and showcase the talents of notable figures from around the world.
Bankslave’s work is a testament to the power of art to inspire social change and capture the diversity of our world.
The mural of AKA serves as a reminder of his impact on African music and culture, and the need to celebrate and promote African talent to the world.