Meet Kenyan born Yvonne Muinde - one of the best Visual Effect (VFX) Artist in Hollywood

Visual art (Matte Painting) is an integral part of making movies. This is the visual art that forms or describe the landscape, set or location that allows CG artists to create a virtual 3D environment that is not present at the filming location.

For Kenyan born Yvonne Muinde, she has been using her artistic skills and various techniques to combine-painted image with live-action footage to create seamless environments in blockbuster movies franchises as the Game of Thrones Captain Marvel, Power Rangers, Black Panther- and so many more. See a full list of Yvonne’s filmography below.

Yvonne Muinde is a Kenya born fine artist and digital painter who is currently living in Kenya. Yvonne has been privileged to have worked on many blockbuster movies when she lived in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Art Director Concept Artist/ Digital Matte Painter
  • Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Working in the VFX film industry since 2003
  • Design and Artistic Knowledge is grounded in her traditional artwork. Traditional oil paintings featured in several private collections as well as at the Philadephia Academy of Fine Arts. Public art commission for the city of Denver Colorado African American Research Library (AAMLO).
    • Contributed to the production of over 25 feature Feature films and tv shows
      working around the world at leading VFX studios with award-winning directors.
             USA, California - Industrial Light and Magic 2003-2004
             Australia, Sydney Animal Logic 2004-2006
             New Zealand, Wellington - Weta Digital 2006-2014
             Canada, Vancouver - Scanline VFX 2014 -2018
             Kenya, Nairobi- lkweta Arts ltd 2018 - present
    • Leadership experience includes matte panting supervisor and head of the department at Weta Digital in New Zealand and Scanline VFX in Vancouver, BC Canada.
    • 2009 Awarded the Visual Effects Society (VES) award for outstanding matte painting in a feature film for work on Avatar.
    • Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures as well as Visual Effects Society.
    • Reel and body of work can be viewed at https:/ /
    • On returning to Kenya, Yvonne and her husband Phillip founded IKWETA ARTS.

Based in Nairobi IKWETA ARTS is a VFX studio specialising:

  • Concept Art
  • Digital Environments
  • Art Direction
  • Digital Matte Paintings

IKWETA ARTS provides its VFX services for :

  • Film
  • TV
  • Commercials
  • Bidding and Concept Artwork
  • Special events


Yvonne Muinde Filmography

Midway (Digital Matte Painting: Scanline VFX), 2019

  • The Food That Built America (TV Series documentary) (Matte Painting: VFX Legion), 2019
  • Game of Thrones (TV Series) (Visual Effects - 3 episodes), 2019
  • The Iron Throne (2019)(Visual Effects: Scanline VFX)
  • The Bells (2019)(Visual Effects: Scanline VFX)
  • The Last of the Starks (2019) (Visual Effects: Scanline VFX)
  • Captain Marvel (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2019
  • The Meg (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2018
  • Rampage (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2018
  • Tomb Raider (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2018
  • Black Panther (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2018
  • Justice League (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2017
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Matte Painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX), 2017
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (Matte Painter: Scanline VFX), 2017
  • Into the Rainbow (Matte Painter), 2017
  • Power Rangers (Matte Painting supervisor: scanline vfx), 2017
  • No Reservations (Short) (Visual Effects compositor), 2017
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Matte Painting supervisor), 2016
  • Hacksaw Ridge (Digital Matte Painter: Slate VFX), 2016
  • Ben-Hur (Matte Painting supervisor), 2016
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (Matte Painting supervisor), 2016
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Matte Painter supervisor: Scanline VFX), 2016
  • San Andreas (Matte Painting supervisor: Scanline VFX), 2015
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (head of Matte Painting), 2013
  • Iron Man 3 (Digital effects crew: Weta Digital), 2013
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (head of Matte Painting: WETA Digital), 2012
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Matte Painting hod: Weta Digital), 2011
  • Knight and Day (Visual Effects: Weta Digital), 2010
  • Avatar (department lead Matte Painter: Weta Digital), 2009
  • The Lovely Bones (lead Matte Painter: Weta Digital), 2009
  • Jumper (Visual Effects artist: Matte Painting and concept art, Weta Digital), 2008
  • The Water Horse (Matte Painter: Weta Digital), 2007
  • 30 Days of Night (Matte Painter: Weta Digital), 2007
  • Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Matte Painting and concept art team: Weta Digital), 2007
  • Eragon (Visual Effects: Weta Digital), 2006
  • Happy Feet (Digital artist), 2006
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Matte Painter), 2005
  • xXx²: The Next Level (Digital Matte artist: ILM), 2005



CGAfrica will be talking to Yvonne (at a date to be announced later) in our webcast series CGAFRICA - Impacting Animation/ VFX Knowledge.

Through this interactive live webcast you will:

  • Learn from successful Animation/VFX pros.
  • Acquire exclusive insights in career highlights, obstacles, overcoming challenges and lessons learned
  • Discover career choices in the evolving world of animation and VFX
  • Ask them your questions


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