Tradition African Ladies
African Man Smoking a Pipe
Born 1971 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Steve was born of an English inspector of the South African Railways and a Tswana mother from Northern Transvaal. Given the oppressive apartheid regime of that period, the Kenny’s relocated to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1969 where Steve took up his schooling at Morgan High School in Salisbury (Harare).
His schooling was uneventful and spent acquiring knowledge in the 3-r’s before following his parents to London in 1988. Although Steve had always drawn and painted, he did not know just how good he was until he won acceptance to the St. Martins School of Art in Central London.
Steve did not finish his course at St. Martins due to lack of funds and also his disagreement with the direction of the studies.
‘Too much academic drawing of still lives and bones and stones’, whereas Steve wanted to concentrate on his portraits and figurative works, particularly his beloved African women.
In 1998 Steve came back to South Africa and has been painting ever since, gradually becoming known for his fine work.
Many politicians have commissioned Steve to do their portraits in addition to many established emergent businessmen.
Steve will continue to develop and his work will continue to appreciate with time.
He is a rare and talented artist of the new generation.