Waswad - Transhumanism series I, 2017

Waswad /   Wasswa Donald Augustine

Uganda 1984

Installation, Sculpture, Painting


Wasswa Donald Augustine
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.

Waswad, also known as Wasswa Donald Augustine, is a Ugandan contemporary and multidisciplinary artist who was trained at Kyambogo University. Waswad created in the past his own world called “Elephania”. “Elephania” sketches a storyline in which his entire work merges in one. And just like “Elephania” consists of various images, Waswad’s whole work shows a multidimensional mosaic of different artistic approaches. He is a founder of Art Punch Studio, a collective art space.

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Waswad – Bantubuntu, 2015 (Left) / Beneath Amazing Stuff, 2016 (Right)


His style keeps changing from human figures, architectural, cars, portraits drawings to the recent dreamscapes. They are largely inspired by design, nature, music and fantasy giving birth to a new language he speaks. Waswad also experiments with various materials to express himself through blending semi-abstract and realism styles, where he looks for the hidden beauty that lies in the incorporation of materials when creating sculptures and installations.

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Waswad – Sculpture, 2017

The Most Weird Animal

Waswad works with organic materials particularly hard wood from trees that have been damaged and other waste materials which he turns into sculptures in a long process of carving and shaping. In his latest work T.M.W.A., meaning The Most Weird Animals, in which he merges Ebony and Mugavu wood, he explores, observes and interprets the habitation of humans in undesirable environments where both fear and desire for change arise.

The artist is represented by LKB/G Gallery.

Waswad lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.

Featured image: Waswad – Transhumanism series I, 2017
All images courtesy LKB/G Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017To live is to becomeAfriart Art Gallery, Kampala, UgandaSolo
2017ART TRANSPOSITION: Kampala - Nairobi - HamburgLKB-G, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2017Kampala ContemporaryKassel, GermanyGroup
2016Group showArt Gallery POT, Axel, NetherlandsGroup
2015Kunst in de MonumentenDe Boom der Liefde, Bergen op Zoom, NetherlandsGroup
2015Strange EncountersLokaal 54, Terneuzen, NetherlandsGroup
2015Chasing CloudsSomewhere Els, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2012Evolution3DAKA Gallery, Kampala, UgandaSolo
2012Toast of the momentAfriart Art Gallery, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2011Signature Art ExhibitionsSerena Hotel, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2010The seventh senseEmin Pasha Hotel, Kampala, UgandaSolo
2010Love ChroniclesNomo Gallery, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2010Visual art performer-live painterEmil und die Detektive-Bayerisches Staatsschauspieltheater, Germany, Austria and DenmarkGroup
2009The 3rd Evolution (re-birth)Alliance Francaise, Kampala, UgandaSolo
2008Song of a black childArtpunch Studio, Kampala, UgandaGroup
2007Kyambale joint art exhibitionsGoethe Zentrum, Kampala, UgandaGroup