Richard Kimathi was born in 1971 in Nyeri, Kenya. He received a diploma from the Nairobi Creative Art Centre with a major in Graphic Art. After graduation, he took up Fine Art as a career.
In 2000, Richard received a letter from the New York selection committee of the United Nations, appointing him to produce a work for a limited-edition postage stamp. It said: ‘You, along with Vermeer and Matisse, have been chosen...’.
This was a defining moment for Kenyan artists, and for Kimathi in particular; adding more force to the rising tide of international recognition of such extraordinary talent, which is blossoming in the contemporary art space of Kenya. Kimathi's work is seldom about himself, but rather about humanity. As an artist, he remains unaffected by the superficiality evident in much of the contemporary art world. His work permeates a strong sense of suffering: degnified, heroic even without self-pity and borne with merely the price of living. He portrays this with much sensitivity, empathy and compassion; elegant in its simplicity and in its honesty.