Evans Mbugua defines himself as a “graphic recycler”. He breathes new, bright and colourful life to the urban pictograms he collects during his travels and day-to-day life. He constructs paintings upon the representation of these motifs, which he repeats to form a foundation
for his compositions. He then layers dots of paint to sketch portraits of the people who cross his path, always staging them within the composition. Mbugua was invited to expand his studio work practice at Atelier le Grand Village this year. An environment unfamiliar to him and his first encounter with non-digital printmaking. The challenge was to find an alternative for the digitally rendered backgrounds that are prevalent in his paintings. Using the resources at Atelier le Grand Village, Mbugua thrived on this element of ‘chance’, and the freedom that it offered.
He studied at the Beaux-arts de Pau (France), with a degree in graphic design, and for the past six years, Evans Mbugua has dedicated himself fully to his artistic practice. His works are held in public and private collections in Europe, Africa and North America. He has been included in exhibitions in Paris, London and New York. His work has been included in several international group exhibitions and his latest solo shows include Dialogue, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), London (2017); Highlife, Galerie Art-Z, Paris (2017) and Evans Mbugua, Ellia Art Gallery, Paris (2016).