On the Ugandan scene, Rose has been very busy in both research and art production. She headed a Rockefeller Foundation project on improving literacy ....more
Taga has worked with many conservation and wildlife groups in Uganda like the Jane Goodall Institute in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda Wildlife...more
Those who attended her presentation at Makerere University Senate Building in March were mesmerized by her sculptures. They are peculiar, bold, beautiful,....more
Our new artist Veroniccah Muwonge.
Miss Muwonge at one of her recent exhibitions in the US. Photo courtesy of Veroniccah Muwonge archives.
Very few African artists can achieve what Veroniccah has achieved after only less than 10 years out of art school.
A Makerere University School of fine art graduate Veroniccah Muwonge is a contemporary Expressionist Artists whose work seeks to address issues affecting the people she encounters, the African cultures as well as that of the people she meets in her travel adventures. Her latest work includes " Cry The Beloved Land" which talks about the current social, political struggles of Uganda and Africa.
Her working style has been a progression of simplified and distorted figures and forms to suit the subject being addressed. The bold and powerful execution of her paintings displays undeniable talent and confidence. More....
John Mubiru at Berkeley College in Manhattan.
John Mubiru conducting a student/teacher workshop at Berkeley College. Photo courtesy of Ugandan Masters archives.
Uganda Masters's John Mubiru conducted a student/teacher workshop at Berkeley College during the black history month. As a Ugandan artist living in North America Mubiru and other Ugandan artists are making the world stop and notice Ugandan art through events like this one.
David Kibuuka with Ugandan talent last month.
David Kibuuka with upcoming and already established artists at the National theater in Kampala, Uganda. Photo courtesy of David Kibuuka archives.
David Kibuuka didn't take anytime off on his recent visit to Uganda. He organized several workshops and meetings with fellow local Ugandan artists. One of the main objectives of the Ugandan Masters is to share our past experience with young A African artists to help them establish themselves. The meeting at the National theater included many notable Ugandan artists like Mugalula Mukiibi. Issues discussed included copyright, marketing and cataloging artwork.
Blast from the Past.
The Ugandan Masters receives many visitors. This is a e-mail I got from one of our visitors.
"Here is one of the works that I have by Mr. Wasswa. Please let me know what you think. Work was bought at Wasswa's studio in 1974.
Anderson's parents bought three batiks from Wasswa while visiting Uganda in 1974. He promised to send more photos of Wasswa's batiks he has. I have not contacted Wasswa yet but I will talk to him about these batiks when I'm in Kampala later this month to see if they are genuine.
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"Fishing Boat on Lake Victoria" by Ugandan artist John Mubiru. Photo courtesy of Ugandan Masters archives.
Mubiru says he draws most of his inspiration from his childhood memories while growing up in Uganda. "Being away from home makes me treasure everything I see. When I visited Ggaba market I could not help it but just paint this little boat, the heron was a bonus"
"Little Angel" by Ugandan artist Taga Nuwagaba. Photo courtesy of Taga Nuwagaba archives.
After completing the very successful "Me and My totem" project in 2010 Taga Nuwagaba is back in the studio. "Little Angel" is a promise of things yet to come.
"The little girl's name is Kanyana. It means a very beautiful delicate calf in Ankole, Western Uganda. Pastoral communities associate calves with immense beauty in this part of the world and I have every reason to suspect that that is how Wanyana, mother of King Kimera of Buganda got this name. She was so so beautiful and delicate." says Taga of the "Little Angel".
by Katy Massey
Lilian Nabulime's sculptures deals sensitively and with humour, the painful subject of living with HIV/AIDS.
Visitors to see her work, as part of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne's 2004 Postgraduate Fine Art Degree Exhibition, will be surprised at the beauty on display: a carved wooden statue of a woman with bright red lipstick is clad in shimmering burnt copper tiles.
Lilian and Katy consider a soapy game of strategy
Male and female genitalia are fashioned from translucent soap and are displayed facing each other upon a white table, looking for all the world like an erotic chess game about to begin.
But Lilian's work carries a serious message.
"It is a game," she comments, dryly. "If you go into a relationship, you have to make sure you are protected to survive."