Elijah "Eljay" Mutua
Winner - Street Art - 2019
Sondeka Awards

Elijah "Eljay" Mutua is a painter who also doubles up as a graffiti artist. He draws his inspiration from the city life and primarily works with acrylics and spray paint. He is majorly drawn to the graffiti and street art that he sees on Matatus and urban areas every day. He began his career as a graffiti artist in 2009 during the monthly Words and Pictures (WAPI) art showcase at the British council. He studied Graphic design at Buruburu Institute of Fine Art.Past graffiti and street art projects he has participated in also include Koch festival, Street Diaries at Railways Museum and Alliance Francaise.He has also participated in several group exhibitions at Michael Joseph centre and Kenya Art Fair in 2015 & 2016.He emerged second in the Kenya Art Fair 2017 Graffiti competition. He currently lives and works from Kasarani in Nairobi.