About Julius Njau

 

Julius Njau   Julius Njau was born in 1961 in Marangu, Moshi in Tanzania. He attended the Kilimanjaro Primary School and the Moshi Technical Secondary School where he graduated. His career as an artist started when he began to paint while he had to spend two years in hospital after he broke his leg badly in 1972. There he was treated by a Finnish X-ray specialist who was the first to encourage his art, buying materials for him, and works from him. She organized his first exhibition in Finland in 1983. His early works were representaional, working with the themes of his people's traditions and wildlife. 1984 saw a dramatic change in his technique and style as he shifted into the abstract. His paintings are constructed from the interplay of primary colors and the intermingling of obscured shapes. Julius Njau's vast work has been collected by the Prefecture of Osaka, and the Museum of Modern Art Toyama in Japan, the Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, and Galerie ZAK (Zeitgenossische afrikanische Kunst), Furth in Germany, Amos Anderson Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, and 5th British Museum, England. In 2002, Julius Njau received the Nagoya Mayor's Prize and in 2003 he was awarded the Grand Prize in the Toyama Prefecture's International Competition for the "Sukiyaki Meets the World" Festival Poster Design. Julius Njau is a founding member and President of Marafiki - Friendship and Art.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julius Njau

 

 
  • 1983 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1984 'Group Exhibition' Gallery of Denmark
  • 1985 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Danish Volunteer Training Centre, Tanzania
  • 1985 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Tynset, Norway
  • 1985 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Gallery of Sweden
  • 1986 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Danish Volunteer Training Centre, Tanzania
  • 1987 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1988 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Vogue Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1988 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Centre culturel francais, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1989 'Julius Njau One Man Show' National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1990 'Into the Nineties' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1990 'Portraits of Kenya' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1991 'Gallery Artists' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1991 'The Custodian's View' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1991 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Nairobi Safari Club, Kenya
  • 1991 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Nagoya City Network Centre, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1991 'Julius Njau One Man Show' National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1991 'Julius Njau One Man Show' The German Culture Centers, Goethe Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1992 'Julius Njau One Man Show' International Gallery, Madrid, Spain
  • 1992 'Through the Artists' Eyes' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1992 'Rafiki wa zamani' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1992 'Kenya Art Panorama' Centre culturel francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1992 Julius Njau, Private Collection by Detlef Mey, Germany
  • 1993 'Jan.-Feb. Exhibition' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1993 'End of the Year' Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1996 'Group Exhibition' Osaka Triennale, Osaka, Japan
  • 1996 'Julius Njau One Man Show' National Museum of Kenya, Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1996 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Bokushin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 'Foreign Artists' Exhibition '96' Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1996/7 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Nara, Japan
  • 1997/8 'Group Exhibition' Osaka Triennale, Osaka, Japan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Doyusya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Osaka MunicipalMuseum of Art, Japan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Hokutopia, Japan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Niigata Prefectural Civic Center, Japan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, J apan
  • 1998 'Group Exhibition' Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  • 1999 'Julius Njau One Man Show-The Wings of Kilimanjaro- Gallery Haku, Osaka, Japan
  • 1999 'Group Exhibition' Gallery Zak, Germany
  • 1999 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Der Drechtston Salon, Holland
  • 2000 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Vereniging voor- Beeldende Kunstenaars, Dordrecht, Galerie Dordt/VBKD, Holland
  • 2001 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -The Wings of Kilimanjaro- Osaka Prefectural Museum of Art Osaka, Japan
  • 2001 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -The Wings of Kilimanjaro- Gallery Mai, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Osaka Prefecture Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • 2002 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Beat of African Earth- Gallery Milieu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 'Tachikawa International Art Festival' Tachikawa City, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 'Group Exhibition' -Foreign Artists Exhibition- Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2002 'Group Exhibition' Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2002 'Received the Nagoya Mayor's Prize' Nagoya, Japan
  • 2003 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Osaka Prefecture Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • 2003 'Group Exhibition' Nagoya Internationl Center Nagoya, Japan 2003 'Julius Njau One Man Show'-Sukiyaki Meets The World- The Wings of Kilimanjaro 2003" at Art Gallery Kichi-ya in Fukuno-cho, Toyama, Japan
  • 2003 'International Poster Triennial In Toyama' The Museum Of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
  • 2003 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Varjo- Galleria Hyvarisella, Finland
  • 2004 'Group Exhibition' Gallery Jin Nagoya, Japan
  • 2004 'Group Exhibition' Gallery Haku Osaka, Japan
  • 2004 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Vereniging voor- Beeldende Kunstenaars, Dordrecht, Holland
  • 2004 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Varjo- Galleria Hyvarisella, Finland
  • 2004 'Julius Njau One Man' Show Osaka Prefecture Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • 2005 'Group Exhibition' Nagoya Internationl Center Nagoya, Japan
  • 2006 'Julius Njau One Man Show' -Varjo- Galleria Hyvarisella, Finland
  • 2006 'Group Exhibition' Setsuyosha Art Gallery, Niigata, Japan
  • 2006 'Group Exhibition' Gallery Jin, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2006 'The 7th Itami Size-0 Prize Exhibition', Itami City Art Gallery, Hyogo, Japan
  • 2006 'The 13th Public Subscription Exhibition', Woodcarving Folk Art in Oya - The Figure of Life in Hometown Hyogo, Japan
  • 2006 'Group Exhibition' Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2006 'The 18th Shinwa Art Exhibition' Tsuyama City Culture Exhibition Hall, Okayama, Japan
  • 2007 'Group Exhibition' Matsuzakaya Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2008 'Group Exhibition' Fukuoka - Museum of Art, Japan
  • 2008 'Group Exhibition' Museum of Art, Toyota City, Japan
  • 2008 'Julius Njau One Man Show' Museum LaiLai, Spain
  • 2008 'Group Exhibition' Setsuryosya-Museum of Art, Niigata, Japan
  • 2009 'Transnational Art 2009, Contemporary Art Exhibition' Osaka Prefecture Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • 2009 'Group Exhibition' Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
  • 2009 'Duo Exhibition'-The Wings of Kilimanjaro- Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan
  • 2009 'Group Exhibition'-friendship- SOHO art gallery, Osaka, Japan
  • 2009 'Duo Exhibition'-The Wings of Kilimanjaro- Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
  • 2009 'International Poster Triennial In Toyama' The Museum Of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
  • 2009 2F Exhibition Hall, Niikawa Mirage Hall, Toyama-ken, Japan
  • 2009 1F Communication space A, WING WING TAKAOKA, Toyama-ken, Japan
  • 2009 'Duo Biennale Exhibition JAA GALLERY (Ginza, Tokyo) Japan
  • 2010 'Duo Hino Traveling Exhibition Hino Civic Hall (Hino city, Tokyo) Japan
  • 2010 'Duo Tsuru Traveling Exhibition Tsuru Lyceum (Tsuru city, Yamanashi) Japan
  • 2010 'Duo Kikukawa Traveling Exhibition Kikukawa City Central Public Hall (Kikukawa city, Shizuoka) Japan
  • 2011 'Duo Exhibition "Black & white" Higashi Nagoya National Hospital, Japan
  • 2011/2012 Group Exhibition, Norbertellen Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A
  • 2011 'Duo Gallery Ginza, chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan
  • 2013 Group Exhibition, Norbertellen Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A
  • 2014 Julius Njau Group Transnational Art Exhibition, Museum, Osaka, Japan

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection of Osaka Contemporary Art Center Museum, Osaka, Japan, 1996
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection of Osaka Contemporary Art Center Museum, Osaka, Japan, 1997
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection of Toyama Modern Art Museum, Toyama, Japan, 2003
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany, 1986
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany, 1988
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany, 1988
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany, 1988
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan, 2002
  • Julius Njau, Permanent Collection of Toyama Modern Art Museum, Toyama, Japan, 2009

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Inari Virmakoski, Finland, 1973
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Mechthild Rünger, Germany, 1992
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Brigitte Moehwald, Germany, 1992
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Brigitte Moehwald, Germany, 1992
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Brigitte Moehwald, Germany, 1992
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Michael Brandkamp, Germany, 1996
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Yuki Hiraide, Japan, 1994
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Jack Coulter, USA, 1995
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Shoko Hayasaka, Japan, 1995
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Shoko Hayasaka, Japan, 1995
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Frank Valenta, Canada, 1996
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Fukuyo Matsushita, Japan, 1996
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Naoko Fujita, Japan, 1999
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Kyoko Hashimoto, Japan, 1999
  • Julius Njau, Private Collection by Claudia Oliveira Cezar, 1993

 

Julius Njau's home page: www.juliusnjau.com

Feel free to contact with artist: Juli_us2000@yahoo.com