Born in 1976 in Nairobi, Anthony Okello obtained a diploma in art and design at the Buruburu Institute of Fine Art. He went on to work full time as a painter at Kuona Trust Museum art studio. He has had two successful solo exhibitions, the most recent in May 2013 was at the One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Kenya. That same month in the charity auction at Bonhams in London, the night before their annual 'Africa Now' event, part of his 'Masquerade series' fetched the highest bid. He has also exhibited in India and his works have been published in the 'World Art Collection - 1001 reasons to love the art'.
'Orders from Above' is the third work in a series exploring tribal mythologies, it depicts God's message to humanity about immortality. According to Okello, the tortoise was entrusted to tell humans that on dying they would be resurrected for eternity, however he gave the moon the opposite message, but fortunately each recipient received the other's message.
Two other works from the same series are in the collections of Robert Loder and Robert Devereux, two highly respected collectors of African art.