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GUY OCTAAF MOREAUX
Nairobi, - Kenya



Original Artworks (77)

Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Spoonbil Lake Nakuru, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 59.5 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241 Nakuru Lake National Park in Kenya, a beautiful spot with rhino s, flamingos etc. . . .  the spoonbill has a funny walk as it searches for food in the water turning its bill form one side to the other.Canvas on board.  Acrylic paint and charcoal. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
59.5 x 30 cm (23.4 x 11.8 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Nairobi Garden, 2020, Original Painting Acrylic, 122 x 200 cm. Artwork description: 241 The screen is composed of three canvases of 40 cm x 200 cm each. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2020
122 x 200 cm (48.0 x 78.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Abstract Nature 1, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 150 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 Some tiny part in the garden of Nairobi moved me to make this painting.  It is an abstraction but nonetheless it represents nature, at least in my mind.Stretched linen. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2020
150 x 100 cm (59.1 x 39.4 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Full Moon Over Niarobi, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 80 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241 Sorry for the bad picture, I will make a new one after the exhibition scheduled for Sunday June 21th.  The oil paint being still very wet, the sky reflects in it.This is the full moon, hidden behind clouds from my bedroom window in Nairobi.Oil paint ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2020
80 x 30 cm (31.5 x 11.8 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Sunrise On Mount Kenya 2, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 100 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 6. 30 am, the sun rose above the horizon 5 minutes ago.  Looking west you see the highest peak of Mount Kenya, Kirinyaga in Gikuyu.  For the Gikuyu people it is a holy mountain, the abode of Ngai, the supreme creator.This view is seen from Point ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2020
100 x 60 cm (39.4 x 23.6 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Mary The Banana Lady, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 50 x 50 cm. Artwork description: 241 Bananas are sold along the streets and roads in Kenya, hung on a bit of string.  This beauty is selling bananas.Acrylic and oil paint on canvasboard. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2020
50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Day S End, 2020, Original Painting Acrylic, 91 x 91 cm. Artwork description: 241 Along a waterfall in the Mount Kenya park, these beautiful fern trees grow.Acrylic paint on stretched canvas. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Acrylic Painting, 2020
91 x 91 cm (35.8 x 35.8 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Buffet T, 1990, Original Furniture, 135 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 Buffet with two doors and three drawers, metal with granite feet...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Furniture, 1990
135 x 100 cm (53.1 x 39.4 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Sunrise On Mount Kenya, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 6. 30 am, the sun rose above the horizon 5 minutes ago.  Looking west you see the highest peak of Mount Kenya, Kirinyaga in Gikuyu.  For the Gikuyu people it is a holy mountain, the abode of Ngai, the supreme creator.This view is seen from Point ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2020
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Diani Beachboy, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 60 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241 Diani is a beachtown on the Kenyan coast.  Beachboys are men who roam the beach in order to sell goods.  Most of them in Kenya are Masai who sell masai artefacts.  Sometimes they are nice, other times they can be pushy and annoying with their insistence.  It ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
60 x 30 cm (23.6 x 11.8 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Lake Naivasha, 2019, Original Painting Oil, 80 x 80 cm. Artwork description: 241 Oilpaint on canvas.  Lake Naivasha in Kenya is in the Rift Valley.  Its level changes with the yearly rainfall.  On the west coast of the lake you find lots of acacia trees standing dead in the water, another mark of natures changing character.  Our planet is alive ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2019
80 x 80 cm (31.5 x 31.5 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Louises Garden, 2019, Original Painting Oil, 80 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 Louise has a beauiful garden in Nairobi.  The euphorbia candelabrum is an indigenous tree which grows to more than 15 meters in the savannah, a wonderful exotic tree for a cactus lover like me.  I just love the sculpturous qualities of it. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2019
80 x 60 cm (31.5 x 23.6 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Diani Morning, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 50 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Diani, on the Kenian coast, is a beachtown.  The atmosphere with the swahili style bed with a mosquitonet, will bring memories up for those who have spent time there.  Acrylic paint on canvasboard. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
50 x 40 cm (19.7 x 15.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Rocky Wall In The Rift Valley, 2019, Original Painting Oil, 81 x 160 cm. Artwork description: 241 Oilpaint on canvas.  The kenyan rift valley is formed as two tectonic plates, Somali plate and the Nubian plate, are splitting the African plate.  It seems so beautiful to me, just the shapes and colors of it. . . . ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2019
81 x 160 cm (31.9 x 63.0 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Abstract Afrika, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 100 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 Acrylic paint and charcoal on canvas. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
100 x 100 cm (39.4 x 39.4 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Masai Man 1, 2018, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Oil paint on canvasboard...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2018
40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Flame Vine, 2019, Original Painting Oil, 100 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 Flame vine , also called Orange trumpets, grows well in Kenya.  A stunning flower in my opinion.  Here is the bloom before the flowers actually open up.Painted on canvas. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2019
100 x 100 cm (39.4 x 39.4 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Masai Warrior, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 60 x 60 cm. Artwork description: 241 The Masai people, nothwithstanding the fact that they have always represented a rather small percentage of the Kenians, have a very strong image and symbolic value for the country for different reasons.Acrylic paint on canvas. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
60 x 60 cm (23.6 x 23.6 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Mother And Child 2, 2018, Original Painting Oil, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Masai mother with child.  The interaction between the two is touching.  Sorry for the dark line on the left side.  There was too much sun, a better picture will come soon.Painted on canvas board. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Painting, 2018
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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Guy Octaaf Moreaux; Masai Mother And Child, 2018, Original Pastel Oil, 40 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Acrylic paint and oil pastel and oil paint on canvas board. ...
Guy Octaaf Moreaux
Original Oil Pastel, 2018
40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 inches)
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Artist Statement

The end of August will see me move back to Brussels, Belgium. The three years I spent in Kenya have been super interesting and moved me to paint my african impressions. I feel privileged to have learned so much of this wonderful part of the world which was quite foreign to me before. Life is full of emotions about people, nature, things etc...and leaving Kenya will be hard indeed.

One of the biggest luxuries in life, is to live surrounded by beauty. This is what I am trying to do. And yes one can see beauty everywhere...it is a state of mind.
Harmony is an integral part of beauty, this is what I am trying to convey in my work.
It is indeed a necessity for me to create. It has always been this way for as far as I can remember.
Not creating makes me feel empty and unfulfilled. In every day life it pervades all my actions, from cooking to finding different places to visit, walk, etc....Have a look at the furniture I created lower in my portfolio. The architects who sold my furniture were the first ones to sell my paintings.
For painting, nature inspires me a lot, many other sights or thoughts as well. If I end up painting
a landscape, a portrait or something else, it is because I felt a strong emotion and an urge to do it.
Hopefully my paintings inspire other people and radiate harmony in the home or office where they hang.

Living in Africa now and having lived in North and South America and in northern and southern Europe, I picked up bits of cultures all over. During my stay in California I first came into close contact with asian art and philosophy which would leave a lasting mark on me. The influence from Asia was reinforced in Argentina where I took classes of japanese painting with Cristina Ishikawa. I took drawing classes and studied classical rennaisance flemish painting techniques. For the rest I am an autodidact.
The most gratifying moments in painting are those when you get into a meditative mood and when all of a sudden you get a kick out of an accident, something not planned which fits the painting perfectly. The intuition is at work and surprises the rational mind. Sometimes the painting overtakes your will and dictates colors, forms or nuances which were never thought of before.
Living in Kenya now for a number of years, I want to paint all these new impressions I am immersed in....