Denis Mubiru - portrait

Denis Mubiru

Uganda 1988


Denis Mubiru
Denis Mubiru
September 20, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Born in 1988, Denis Mubiru is a Ugandan visual artist who uses the grotesque to explore the complex yet practical Kampala minibus taxis, better known locally as “Kamunye.” He uses playful, abstract, naïve paintings and pictures to tell the interesting and exciting dramas that unfold within the taxi – petty arguments, flirting and “wolokoso” (local gossip) – which reflect on the society of Kampala and Uganda at large.

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Denis Mubiru – Can’t you see what you doing to me II, 2017 (Left) / Read with Dad, 2017 (Right)

Surreal Reality in Denis Mubiru’s Art

Seeking to draw the viewers’ attention to what social media and press often ignore, he documents and interprets the more intricate aspects of life in the minibuses; the signage, religious symbolism, and characters.

„Conversations expresses freely ignite my work. With my father, I used to engage in social life, politics, football, leisure love, women and most of all the future and if I can not have these with him anymore I would rather have this of my environment possibly through my audience or out in the public – the private becoming public.“

The artist is represented by LKB/G Gallery.

Denis Mubiru lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.

Featured image: Denis Mubiru – portrait
All images courtesy LKB/G Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017Kampala Yange32° East-Uganda Arts Trust, Kampala, UgandaSolo
2017ART TRANSPOSITION: Kampala - Nairobi - HamburgLKB-G, Hamburg, Germany Group
2017Kampala ContemporaryKassel, GermanyGroup
2017Young GunsCircle Art Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2016Eroticism and Intimacy: Paths, Faces and PlacesUnderground, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2016Kampala ContemporaryCircle Art Gallery, Nairobi, KenyaGroup
2016Unseen ArtAfriArt Gallery, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2016Johannesburg Art FairJohannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2015Music is a Feature of ManGerman Ambassador’s Residence, Kampala, UgandaGroup
20154th NALA Group Art ExhibitionNairobi, KenyaGroup
2014KLA ART 014Kampala, UgandaGroup
2014LaBa! Arts FestivalKampala, UgandaGroup
2013Bayimba International Festival of ArtsKampala, UgandaGroup