Artist Guy Combes

Biography of
Guy Combes

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Guy Combes (AFC, SAA) was born in Kenya in 1971, the son of renowned wildlife artist, Simon Combes. His art background came not just from his father, but an interest in exploring different forms of media and commercial application.  His education included sculpture and design at college in England where he also majored in history of art.  He returned to Kenya in 2001 and quickly rekindled his love for Africa and her wildlife, becoming involved in a number of conservation causes for which he now tirelessly campaigns, including Soysambu Conservancy – his Kenyan home-away-from-home – and preserving the rich mosaic of biodiversity in the Great Rift Valley.

In 2011 he completed five years as Artist in Residence at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New Jersey and this gave him the opportunity to reach an American audience, not only with his art, but also his experience of Africa.   He is a signature member of both Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists, and his work has been both awarded and accepted into national museum shows, galleries and tours.  He regularly revisits Kenya where he leads expeditions for artists and groups of conservation biology students from the US.  He has lectured at zoos and universities on the East Coast including Yale and George Mason, with whom he has set up research programs at a facility he helped develop at Soysambu Conservancy, and now regularly gives art workshops in Canada, the US and England.

America is where he has found his niche, and the future for Guy will involve his time being spent working on artistic projects that bring awareness to international audiences while developing his own field knowledge on the ground in Kenya in order to inform himself and the people he is so passionate about showing it to.



SAA Signature member
ARC – Finalist and honourable mention 2014 & 15
Richeson 75 winner 2013
International Artist Magazine overall winner 2012
SAA Editors Choice Award 2014

Education: Cheltenham College of Art, UK

Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art 2013 – 2016
Jackson Hole Fine Art Auction 2015
Palm Beach Show Group exhibitor 2013-15
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum 2015

Limited Editions published by Greenwich Workshop

Featured instructor at Susan Kathleen Black Foundation 2014 and 2016
Featured instructor at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum 2015

Fat-Eared Boxes - Guy Combes
Bling - Guy Combes
Elevated Grace - Guy Combes
Border Patrol - Guy Combes