Onyis Martin was born in 1987 in Kenya. He has won awards to exhibit in Taiwan at the Taipei International Art Competition in 2014 and 2015, Simama group show, 2013, the Kenya Art Fair (2015), Circle Art Gallery’s exhibitions Paper II and Freedom|Flight|Refuge, THAT art fair in South Africa (2016) and won the 1st runners up in Manjano Nairobi Art Competition (2016) and the 1st Merit award for Barclays l’Atelier prize (2016)
In his work he explores posting in public places as has been replaced in favor of new media largely because of the technological shifts over time. As a means of communication posters begin to personify the walls where they are placed and affects how the viewer relates to it. There is possibly a disconnection if the applicant keeps speaking and the audience do not respond. This body of work depicts how some of these posters/postings begin to reveal the personality of the walls, provide a perspective of the applicant (advertiser), and become an archive of posters as well as the ironies in messages to the viewer. One day I will tell your God is a bitter lament on how the narrative of slavery remains a constant and present phenomena. The work puts doubt in the historical abolition of slavery and continues to reflect human trafficking as a form of modern slavery.