Christian Mugarura Mafigiri is a professional and award winning comic artist living and working in Kampala. He has been a comic artist since his childhood but studied Journalism at Uganda Christian University, Mukono. In 2013, he won the comic book competition organized by the Goethe Zentrum Kampala/ Uganda German Cultural Society. This led to his publishing the book, Children of War that was recently launched at the Cultural offices in Kamwokya, Kampala. His work on Graphic Memories a graphic novel on the war waged by the LRA in northern Uganda, won the World Press Photo Multimedia Award in April 2016. Other works include Children of War, Tekezessassi, Rain and Venom.
“Comics tell a side of story that pictures cannot do extensively”
Nadia Wanjiru Wamunyu is currently based at Kuona Trust, Centre for Visual Art. She started drawing much earlier in her formative years, in 2010 she began her professional artistic practice under the mentorship of Patrick Mukabi at the GoDown Art Centre. She works across mediums including charcoal, oil acrylic, pastels, coffee, ink and chalks to make compelling images of people in her immediate environment.
Nadia won first prize in the student category of the 2013 for Manjano Art Exhibition.
Lemek Tompoika is a visual artist from Nairobi, Kenya.
Born in 1988 in Kajiado County, Kenya. He attended a course in Art and Drawing at the then Creative Art College in Nairobi. Lemek also has a diploma in culinary arts from the Kenya Utalii College. He became a full-time artist when he joined Kuona Trust Centre for visual arts in 2013 as a pastelliste. He has participated in several group Exhibitions in Nairobi; at Shifteye Gallery, in the annual Manjano Competition and in the Kenya Art Fair. He’s also conducted workshops in pastel and figure drawing at Kuona Trust.
Through experimentation of the human figure in his work, Lemek explores humanity by questioning the society; its religions, cultures and traditions.
Magdi Adam Suliman is a Nairobi-based Sudanese artist who paints in vibrant colours and bold motifs, his work is dialogue between different cultures and represent his strong feelings that art must be used as a tool to help initiate this dialogue. His pieces richly awaken an appreciation for the differences between us, but also highlight the shared heritage of mankind. Suliman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine & Applied Art at the Sudan University for Science & Technology, Khartoum and has exhibited throughout the region, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.
Moving away from his usual motifs and use of colour, Suliman depicts a scene that variably repeats in different parts of the world, women sold in the sex trade. His paintings are not simply representations of the light and the surfaces and the events of human experience, but a dynamic reinterpretation of those experiences.
“For me, art not only evokes memories and contemplation of the loss of home but it also encounters the present and shape the future. My work is the product of a rich heritage from my origins in Sudan, my training there and my recent diaspora experience.”
Brian Omolo Is a graphic artist born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He is inspired by personal experiences and a desire to work outside the conventions of computer graphics. Omolo works with the immaterial, fictional ideas that he attempts to put together to tell a story. He combines both hand drawn illustrations and bright color effects done on the computer. Omolo attained a HND diploma in computer graphics at Academy of Graphic Technology and proceeded to the Coventry University to study Graphic Art and Digital Illustration where he graduated in 2011.
Omolo has exhibited his work locally and international with two solo exhibitions, Viongozi and Typeface and Heroes showing in Kenya in 2013. Other exhibitions include: Free Range Exhibition (London), Kampala Biennale(Kampala), Reflections on paper, Shift Eye Gallery (Nairobi), Kenya Art Fair(Nairobi) Kenya.
The Barclays L’Atelier Exhibition, Nairobi Museum (Nairobi) and In the coming year, The Art Space (Nairobi).
Michael Odhiambo is a Nairobi based artist working from the Dust Depo art studio. He works in a variety of mediums ranging from oil pastels, acrylic, graphite and charcoal.