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Ronex – Ten years of creating or wolokoso?

Ten years of creating or wolokoso?

2002 – 2012

An exhibition by Ugandan artist Ronex Ahimbisibwe

Artist’s statement

My visual journey mainly entails studio research in a quest to discover my own capabilities, strengths and doubts by tapping into the magic of the subconscious. I am always driven by one question; WHAT IF? I thrive on questions like what if I did this and that. What would be the outcome? It’s a joy in itself as one gets surprised by the process and reversal of known truths.
I believe expressing oneself creatively in whatever form isn’t a straight line and shouldn’t be limited by style, medium, rules and norms. In my view, creativity has no boundaries except those delimited by time and matter; one’s physical capacity for work in a quantifiable period of time and space. My desire has always been to create works that curiously blend in the fashion of the legendary double-edged sword: sophistication meeting naivety, chaos meeting order, beauty meeting ugliness, and aesthetics meeting free expression and so on.

My welcomed challenge is to showcase ten years of experimentation, which has come to definitively embody my joy, frustration, inspiration and my perception into tangible objects.

In short, my life’s journey as an artist (if I deserve to be called so) has become a self portrait with symbols or forms that might echo that or otherwise.

 Ten years of creating or wolokoso? gives the public a chance to critique my works from my student days to today and freely express their opinions of my journey. Whether they derive any symbolic meaning or not is another question. Furthermore, the work seeks to explain and attempts to answer questions about methods and materials and the effects of texture on one’s perception. I hope that seeing my entire oeuvre will give viewers a deeper understanding of my artworks. One person who attends the show has a chance to win one of my private collections.

The artworks on show include paintings, sculptures, wood prints, digital art and photography, furniture and mixed media installations.

The work has been done using a wide range of materials which include: wood, bark cloth, paper, filler paste, glues and raisins, oil, outdoor paints, fiber glass, banana fibers, sand, oxides, aluminum, zinc, bronze, sisal, recycled steel and cloth.

The show is held in 4 art spaces:

 1. afriart gallery – 22. June, 2012
  – Recent paintings

 2. Mish mash – 29. June, 2012
– Digital arts
– Relief sculpture
– Reprints
– Mirrors and woodprints

3. Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR – 7. July, 2012
– Works from student years
– The artist’s collection
– Works over the years
– Demonstrations of the artist’s techniques

 4. fasfas art room – 15. July, 2012
– Furniture
– Jewelry
– T-shirts and sculptures

This is by far the biggest solo art exhibition by a single artist in Uganda. It has been planned for 4 years and includes the artist’s own collection since 2002

Ronex Ahimbisibwe is a multi-media visual artist who graduated from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda) in 2001 and has been living and working in the Rubaga suburb since 2002.

Since 2002, Ronex has had 11 solo art exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows in and outside Uganda.

Countries exhibited in include:
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Germany, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Bulgaria, Belgium, England, Slovenia and Australia

“ART IS NOT JUST A PROFESSION TO ME BUT MY REFUGE AND COMFORT…WITHOUT IT I SEEM LOST.” Ronex 2012

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