The artistic opus of Ronex Ahimbisibwe is in general constructed around the idea of experimenting with the media. His quest was to examine the formal possibilities of the surface by accentuating the shapes with either pastel or rather bright palette. On conceptual plan, Ahimbisibwe starts from everyday impressions and observations often tackling social themes, sometimes even the most controversial ones such as corruption, homosexuality or nudity. The very decision to work with several different medias simultaneously suggests the artists need for creating an experimental platform or place where art meets activism.
The Strong Desire To Become An Artist
Ronex Ahimbisibwe is born in 1977, in Uganda. He was not that encouraged by his parents to follow the path of becoming the artist since they wished for him to study some steady profession like engineering or law. He went to Nkoyoyo Boarding School from 1986 to 1993 and later joined Mbarara High School. Ahimbisibwe was persistent and decided to study arts so he collected his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Fine Arts (BIFA) at Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Kampala in 2001. During the course of time, Ahimbisibwe exhibited around the globe from the UK, over Denmark to Egypt. He has won several awards including the KLA ART 012 International Award and the Art Expo New York Art.
Building or collaging the composition out of fragments
The Principles of Process
The artist produces works in various media from painting, sculpture, woodcut prints, digital art, and photography to mixed media installations. This heterogeneous model provides him with fluidity to constantly explore methods, materials and the effects of texture on observers perception, which is indeed his prime mission. Therefore, he uses the wide range of materials like wood, bark cloth, paper, filler paste, glues, and many others in other to undermine their potentials or disadvantages. That suggests that the artist lets go himself fully to the process and enjoys getting surprised by the results.
Someimes Ahimbisibwe combines figuration with abstraction
Deploying The Subconscious
While producing the work Ronex Ahimbisibwe starts from his sub-consciousness respectively from the set of free associations which are then processed further in accordance with the certain social topic. The artist goes through the research in a quest to gain the best results. On the other hand, what triggers Ahimbisibwe the most is the ambiguity of the work in the sense of sophistication meeting naivety, chaos meeting order, beauty meeting ugliness, aesthetics meeting free expression and so on.
Accentuating the surface is one of the artist’s main features
Versatility As Tool for Success
In 2003 Ahimbisibwe with four other artists founded a group called Index Mashariki which promoted indigenous expression in art in order to reach out to disadvantaged communities, promote local art and provide artwork at affordable prices. Besides that, from 2006 Ahimbisibwe organized a number of workshops as well as curatorial exhibitions, while his art was presented in several magazines and newspapers. His constant presence and activity on the Uganda art scene made him one of the most prolific artists and cultural workers in general. Apparently, Ahimbisibwe sees art as an active social element which should educate, call for debate and critically articulate all the possible segments of contemporary society.
Ronex Ahimbisibwe lives and works in Kampala.
Featured image: Portrait of Ronex Ahimbisibwe – image courtesy of Create Hub Gallery
All other images courtesy of Create Hub Gallery