Solomon, better known as “Solo 7,” is a grassroots artist from Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. During the 2008 post-election violence he started to paint murals delivering messages of peace in public spaces. Solomon estimates that he’s painted his street art in more than 4000 locations around Kibera on bridges, fences, buildings. He chooses to go by the moniker “Solo 7” because the number 7 is a very special one for him: he was born in 1977 July 7 and he is the 7th sibling in his family. Both his names have 7 letters each.
“I could not go directly and write on someone’s premises, but I started to write across the tarmac roads.”