Mwesiga, Ian
Born 1988 in Rukungiri, Uganda
Lives and works in Kampala, Uganda
Ian Mwesiga’s current work is an exploration of black portraiture and memory, referencing styles and trends prevalent in post-independence Uganda, offering clues into the politics and popular culture of the time. These compositions, which began as a response to colonial images encountered in the Uganda Museum, are an amalgamation of found imagery drawn from personal collections of photographs. They represent Mwesiga’s attempt to understand what the artist describes as a ‘progressive Africa’. Mwesiga graduated with a BA in Fine Art & Design from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere university. He has undertaken residencies at 32º East in Kampala, Uganda and Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also an alumnus of the Asiko Art School, 2015. Notable exhibitions include Simuda Nyuma—Forward Ever Backward Never, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2015) and Melancholy, Makerere Art Gallery/ Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration, Kampala (2015).
Ian Mwesiga, Woman in Red Dress, 2018, Oil on canvas, 180 x 125 cm. Courtesy Circle Art Gallery

Artists 2018