Mary Collis is second generation Kenyan born in Nairobi, East Africa. She has lived there all her life but more recently has been spending time in her second home in Cape Town, South Africa. She began as a Graphic Designer, finding her way into fine art to become a leading artist in Kenya. She has worked on many commissions.
Over time she has moved from the figurative to the abstract. Her work is mostly a response to her surroundings, the light and her feelings. She is an extraordinary colourist.
She has had numerous one woman exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the Americas. She is a co-founder of RaMoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Nairobi.
Collis’s work is collected all over the world.