Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mari Endo graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. She worked as a magazine editor before her first visit to Kenya in 1988. She relocated to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1999.
Mari attended a Kuona Trust Print Making Workshop in 2007 with instructor John Silver. Since then, Mari has focused her attention on wood cut printing.
Mari’s motifs include her natural surroundings and experiences. Kenyan and Japanese cultural backgrounds influence her choice of colours and styles.
I bought the sunflower painting in 2017.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls