Ronex Ahimbisibwe | Uganda

“It is not just a profession to me but my refuge and comfort… Without it I seem lost”

Ronex Ahimbisibwe was born in Rucence, Uganda in 1977 and currently works and lives in Kampala.
After graduating from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts in 2001, Ronex has had many solo exhibitions in Uganda, USA, Germany, Netherlands, and many more.
His visual journey mainly entails studio research in a quest to discover his own capabilities, strength and doubts by tapping into the magic of the subconscious.
He believes that expressing himself creatively in whatever form, shouldn’t be a straight line or shouldn’t be limited by style, medium, rules, or norms. In his view, creativity has no boundaries except those delimited by time and matter; one’s physical capacity for work in a quantifiable period of time-space. His 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, aesthetics meeting free expression, and so on. Ronex artworks embody his joy, frustration, inspiration, and his perception into tangible objects.
The artworks include paintings, sculptures, woodcut prints, digital art and photography, furniture, and mixed-media installations. A wide range of materials he uses include wood, bark cloth, paper, filler paste, glues and raisins, oil, outdoor paints, fiberglass, banana fibers, sand, oxides, aluminum, zinc, bronze, sisal, recycled steel, and cloth.

Ronex Ahimbisibwe | Uganda

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Selected solo exhibitions:

2015
Introducing Ronex bags, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
Sleepless nights, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2014
Circles triangles squares rectangles, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2013
Art in open office, Kfw Offices, Kampala, Uganda
Inspired by the archive, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

2012
Order in chaos, Nafasi Art Gallery, Tanzania
Ten years of creating or wolokoso in 4 art spaces in Kampala, Afri-art Gallery; MishMash; Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR; Fasfas Art Room

2011
Ronex ISMS, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2010
Ronex vs Ronex, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2009
Order OR chaos, Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

2008
Annual Solo Exhibition, Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2004
Solo in Aid of Acid Survivors, Sheraton Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

2003
Gone Solo at Ugandan German Cultural Society, Kampala, Uganda

2002
Artist of the Month Exhibition, National Theater, Kampala

Selected group exhibitions

2015
KunstRAI, Amsterdam

2014
Klaart festival, Boda Boda Project, Kampala, Uganda
Kampala art biennale, Kampala
Garbage collectors exhibition, National Theatre Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
Turning point with Ugandan and Norwegian students, National Theatre, Kampala, Uganda

2013
Africa Now, Bonhams, London, UK

2012
Uganda at 50, Kabira Country Club, Kampala, Uganda
KLA ART 012, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival, Kampala, Uganda
4 Contemporary Ugandan Artists, Burning House, Spain
Bonham Art Auction, London, UK
Barkcloth Reloaded, Fas Fas Art Room, Kampala, Uganda
Laba Street Art Festival, Kampala, Uganda
Nude Exhibition, Fas Fas Art Room, Kampala

2011
Signature Art Exhibition, Kabira Country Club, Kampala, Uganda
Controversial Art Exhibition, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
Fireworks Annual Art Exhibition, Chartis Offices, Kampala, Uganda
Art Expo, New York, USA

2010
Signature Art Exhibition, Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
Controversial Art Exhibition, Afri-art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

2009
Africa Now, Worldbank, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008
Ugandan Sculptors, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mini-Print Art Exhibition, Lessedra, Bulgaria

2007
Memories Of Child Soldiers, Ndere Culture Centre, Kampala, Uganda
ART @ 20K with Xenson, National Theater, Kampala, Uganda
AAWA, Alexandria International Workshop Exhibition, Egypt

2005
East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2004
Bonze Cast Exhibition, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
Kunst Supermarket, Netherlands

2003
East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Young Artists Exhibition, Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
2002
Annual Art Exhibition, Nommo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

ENQUIRE

    Seated Nude , 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 140 x 200 cm
    Untitled VII , 2017, Mixed media on canvas,17.5 x 22.8 cm
    1 Watch Over You , 2015, Mixed media on canvas, 128 x 83 cm

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