A graduate of Mekerere school of fine art, Fred Mutebi has long used his artistry to convey the fragility of the human condition in Africa and to celebrate the natural beauty of Uganda, his homeland.
As a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Mutebi played an integral role in imparting an appreciation for this particular art form and a passion for the country called"the pearl of Africa".
In addition to Christian Brothers University, Mutebi has also conducted workshops at the University of Colorado, Vanderbilt University, Memphis College of Art, Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne, the University of North Texas, Dallas Baptist University, and Marian College. He has also been the featured artist at the World Bank gallery in Washington DC. Mutebi has exhibited his beautiful artwork throughout Europe, America, and Africa. He continues to use his artwork to communicate to the global village about social and environmental issues that face Uganda and the entire world.
He is also the founder of Let Art Talk. The grass roots organization uses art as an educational tool to teach underprivileged and vulnerable children and communities in Uganda.
Since his humble childhood growing up in a small village in Uganda, he has established himself as a premier international artist and compassionate humanitarian. His mastery of the primitive art of woodcut print making has earned him global acclaim and recognition. His artwork has been featured in exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Japan, and the United States.
He was selected by the Fulbright Scholar Program as a Scholar-in-Residence for a year at an American university. This distinguished program is an academic exchange effort of the United States Department of State. It is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. This experience introduced new audiences to his distinctive style of woodcut print making which has led to several exhibitions in cities throughout the United States.
"Cool Day" depicts a typical family in Uganda coming from the shamba (farm) with a bountiful harvest.
"Abanyunyunsi" Using a vibrant array of colors, the artist creates woodcut prints that depict stories about critical social events in Uganda or that portray images indigenous to the Ugandan environment.