- Kenyan Artist, Albert Lizah with Website Owner, Gathinja. -
Maasai Art made with Fabric and Watercolors
January, 2021: We are sad to write that Albert Lizah has passed away. He is gone too soon at such a young age for an adult. We will miss Albert and his beautiful creations. A good portion of the profits from Albert's original and Print paintings will continuously go back to Albert's family so that his art still makes an impact and is remembered. Please support Albert's creations.
- About Maasai Artist Albert Lizah -
Albert paints mostly the Maasai tribe in their natural setting. He uses watercolors and authentic Maasai clothing fabric to create his paintings. Albert also likes to paint some wildlife surrounding the Maasai communities.
We've done business with African artist Albert Lizah several times now to collect his African art paintings. When we saw his African artwork firsthand we really liked what we saw. His blend of African paintings that include the landscape, sky, and Maasai tribe people creates a beautiful tapestry in his work. And he found a unique niche by being one of the only artists who puts their original African art paintings into a greeting card format, though most people frame them as regular paintings.
Lizah's works of art portray distinctly the migrant lifestyle that the Maasai tribe practice. Day in and day out they herd their cattle animals faithfully and with care. The Maasai do this within groups or alone and are seen leading their cows through wide open spaces where they are free to eat and roam. Lizah captures this practice beautifully, showing through his African art paintings the Maasai tribe and the individual tribesman in their real life setting and environment. When we asked why he paints Maasai, Lizah explained, "We have a lot of Maasai in parts of East Africa so I tend to paint them. They have a rich culture."
This African artist, Albert Lizah, is in his late thirties. He used to study and work in automotive engineering but now works as a full time artist. He grew up in Naivasha, Kenya and lived there as an adult. He spoke four languages of Swahili, Luhya, Kikuyu, and English.
Albert Lizah says that he "used to paint as a kid so that is a motivation factor for my work today. My mom did some knitting and crafts and encouraged me to do some sketch work and some painting. Since 1994, when I was 14 years old, I started making African art paintings postcards for sale." He went on to tell us that he met another artist when he was young who introduced him to watercolors.
Painting with other African artists in Naivasha gave Albert Lizah ideas and a community to share with. He has said that he enjoys making African paintings the most "when someone really appreciates my artwork. That gives me the motivation to keep going and make even better paintings." Asked what he would want to do with art in the future, Lizah told us that he would "want to help other upcoming artists by having my own studio. I could help children learn to paint too."
We appreciate Albert Lizah sharing his talent and biography with True African Art.com. We will miss his presence and artistry. Please support Albert's talents. In so doing, you will be supporting his family in Kenya that lost him in their lives.
Some Sold Originals from Albert Lizah