John Silver is a self-taught Kenyan Artist, born in Murang’a, Kenya. He started painting from a very young age and later decided to pursue art as a career. John drew inspiration from artists in the Banana Hill and Ngecha region where he later became a founding member of the Banana Hill Art Studio. John’s paintings and prints have a dream-like quality, full of color, texture and fantasy. His Wood cuts and paintings have found their way to several institutions, among others the Victoria and Albert Collection in London and Prince Anderrz Emmt De Lilia in Longhouse Collection in Canada. Besides making paintings, prints and sculptures, John also trains aspiring artists and has his own Rhino Care Art project where he trains disadvantaged children who live in the slums. John has had his work published in a number of publications including Islands of Creativity and the Kenya Arts Diary 2011.
2000 I was nominated among the best 12 Kenyan artist, for the French Cultural and co-operation centre Calendar 2000, Nairobi
2002 Prince Anderrz Emmt Delilah collected my art, which is now in the longhouse collection in Canada.
2005, Vitoria and Albert museum London selected and awarded for the best in PRINT maker in East Africa and I was the prize winner and my print is in V & A collection.
I have done many Exhibitions in Kenya and in Europe. Netherlands the exhibition that is going on in the city after city. Belgium which now going on in Rotterdam. Group Exhibition in V&A Museum in UK, Ramoma Museum of Art , National Museum of Kenya Nairobi and in Mombasa Lamu, French Cultural Center in Nairobi , La Rustique .Etc .