Ben Apollo is a self-taught sculptor specializing in the tribes of Kenya. Apollo’s work is extremely alive and fascinating. Apollo focuses most of his sculptures of the Masaai family and tribe. Although he was never able to receive a formal education, Apollo has been able to have a successful career in clay sculpture.
As a young boy, Apollo was able to sit and watch older sculptors make figures from wood and clay in his Kenya village. At a young age, he took a particular interest in clay sculptures and absorbed the styles and techniques of the other great sculptors from his district. It was the influence of these sculptors that inspired Apollo to develop his own clay style.
Ben Apollo is a dedicated sculptor working exclusively with clay material to form figures representing the Masaai tribe. His characteristically detailed work demands great attention to detail and a steady hand. Apollo is widely acknowledged as one of the finest clay sculptors in the world.
York's Shona Gallery is proud to present Apollo's "Clay Head." Click below for more information.