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Since the age of 14, Thandiwe Muriu has been passionate about photography. Growing up in Kenya in an artistic family with a stylist sister and a talented pianist, she perfected her technique with inspiration from Vogue magazine during her teenage years. Encouraged by one of her sisters, she took up creative portraiture, taking advantage of the boom in social networking. Her talent was quickly noticed online, enabling her to land her first commission as a young talent.

At a time when photography was predominantly male-dominated, Thandiwe Muriu studied at business school while working alongside renowned photographers such as Mutua Matheka and Emmanuel Jambo. After graduating, she devoted herself entirely to fashion photography and, at the age of 23, signed her first contract for an international campaign.

Determined to highlight the natural beauty of black women, Thandiwe seeks to represent the criteria of black female beauty often absent from magazine covers. Her compositions highlight black skin and Afro hairstyles, recalling the glorious past of African empires through brightly colored fabrics. 

Thandiwe Muriu aims to be a role model for Kenya's new generation of committed women. Her “Camo" series (2015) is a defining step in her artistic approach, marking her ability to create surreal illusions without recourse to digital manipulation, using vibrant textiles and common household items. Through her art, she confronts issues of identity and self-perception, redefining the empowerment of African women.

In a career spanning just three years, Thandiwe Muriu's work has found its way into many major private and public collections, testifying to her atypical artistic journey and her significant impact on the world of photography.


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Photography, The Future is Today, Thandiwe Muriu

The Future is Today

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$13,422

Photography, Camo 45 II, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 45 II

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$10,066

Photography, The Secret of a Good Life, Thandiwe Muriu

The Secret of a Good Life

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$19,014

Photography, Welcome Home, Thandiwe Muriu

Welcome Home

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$19,014

Photography, Finders Keepers, Thandiwe Muriu

Finders Keepers

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$7,829

Photography, Vitruvian Woman, Thandiwe Muriu

Vitruvian Woman

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$14,540

Photography, Camo 2.04322, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.04322

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$8,948

Photography, In Pursuit of Gold, Thandiwe Muriu

In Pursuit of Gold

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$8,948

Photography, Madam President, Thandiwe Muriu

Madam President

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$19,014

Photography, Lab Closed. Creation in Progress, Thandiwe Muriu

Lab Closed. Creation in Progress

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$19,014

Photography, Treasures of Delight, Thandiwe Muriu

Treasures of Delight

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$14,540

Photography, Camo 18, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 18

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 70 x 0.3 cm Photography - 35.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch

$10,066

Photography, The Perfect Masterpiece, Thandiwe Muriu

The Perfect Masterpiece

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$15,658

Photography, Rembeka, Thandiwe Muriu

Rembeka

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$13,422

Photography, Camo 42, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 42

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

$11,185

Photography, Camo 15, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 15

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.3 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$10,066

Photography, Camo 2.0 4452, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.0 4452

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.2 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$10,066

Photography, Camo 51, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 51

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 0.1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0 inch

$19,014

Photography, It Takes Imagination, Thandiwe Muriu

It Takes Imagination

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 70 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch

$10,066

Photography, Discord, Thandiwe Muriu

Discord

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 120 x 120 x 0.2 cm Photography - 47.2 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch

$14,540

Photography, Ascension, Thandiwe Muriu

Ascension

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 120 x 120 x 0.2 cm Photography - 47.2 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch

$19,014

Photography, Camo 47, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 47

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$7,829

Photography, Camo 43, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 43

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 150 x 100 x 1 cm Photography - 59.1 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$16,777

Photography, Camo 13, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 13

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.3 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$11,185

Photography, Camo 2.0 4165, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.0 4165

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$11,185

Photography, Camo 2.0 4322, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 2.0 4322

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.3 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$8,948

Photography, Camo 32, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 32

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.2 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$11,185

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, And Then She Bloomed, Thandiwe Muriu

And Then She Bloomed

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$7,829

Photography, Beyond Birth, Thandiwe Muriu

Beyond Birth

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$7,829

Photography, A Cycle of Joy, Thandiwe Muriu

A Cycle of Joy

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$11,185

Photography, Mama Master Chef, Thandiwe Muriu

Mama Master Chef

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$10,066

Photography, Camo 45, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 45

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$13,422

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Prized Possessions, Thandiwe Muriu

Prized Possessions

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Photography - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$2,461

Photography, Camo 01, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 01

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.3 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$11,185

Photography, Camo 39, Thandiwe Muriu

Camo 39

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

$15,658

Photography, Loyalty's Foundation, Thandiwe Muriu

Loyalty's Foundation

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$7,829

Photography, One heart, Many Languages, Thandiwe Muriu

One heart, Many Languages

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$7,829

Photography, Fortress of Wisdom, Thandiwe Muriu

Fortress of Wisdom

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$7,829

Photography, Joy Makes The Sun Rise, Thandiwe Muriu

Joy Makes The Sun Rise

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$10,066

Photography, The Queen's Speech, Thandiwe Muriu

The Queen's Speech

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$10,066

Photography, Guardians Of History, Thandiwe Muriu

Guardians Of History

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$8,948

Photography, Pearls Of The Ocean, Thandiwe Muriu

Pearls Of The Ocean

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$7,829

Photography, A Love Letter To Myself, Thandiwe Muriu

A Love Letter To Myself

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$11,185

Photography, Imperfect Perfection, Thandiwe Muriu

Imperfect Perfection

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$10,066

Photography, The Power Of Together, Thandiwe Muriu

The Power Of Together

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$13,422

Photography, Winds Of Change, Thandiwe Muriu

Winds Of Change

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$8,948

Photography, Victorious Dreams, Thandiwe Muriu

Victorious Dreams

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$10,066

Photography, Circles Of Love, Thandiwe Muriu

Circles Of Love

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$11,185

Photography, Her Everlasting Legacy, Thandiwe Muriu

Her Everlasting Legacy

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 2 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$13,422

Photography, Our Collective Beauty, Thandiwe Muriu

Our Collective Beauty

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$13,422

Photography, Secret Weapon, Thandiwe Muriu

Secret Weapon

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$13,422

Photography, Sunday Best, Thandiwe Muriu

Sunday Best

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$11,185

Photography, Beauty Queen, Thandiwe Muriu

Beauty Queen

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$11,185

Photography, Brotherhood, Thandiwe Muriu

Brotherhood

Thandiwe Muriu

Photography - 120 x 120 x 0.2 cm Photography - 47.2 x 47.2 x 0.1 inch

$16,777

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