Ronex Ahimbisibwe

Personal Details

Family Name: Ahimbisibwe

Given Names: Ronex

Place of Birth: Rucence, Uganda

Date of Birth: 7th December, 1977

Postal Address: ℅ Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

 

Phone: +256 752 537 828

E-Mail: ronexarts@gmail.com 

Website: ronex-ahimbisibwe.pixels.com 

 

EDUCATION

1986-1993       Nkoyoyo Boarding School Matale P.L.E

1993-1996       Mbarara High School UNEB

1996- 1998      Mbarara Hhigh School UAE

 

Highest level obtained

1998-2001: 

Bachelor’s Degree of Industrial and Fine Arts (BIFA) at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Kampala

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015            introducing ronex bags at Afriart gallert, kampala

2015            sleepless nights, Afri-art gallery,Kampala

2014            circles triangles squares rectangles, Afri-art gallery,Kampala

2013            art in open office, Kfw offices, Kampala

2013            inspired by the archive, iwalewa haus, Bayreuth, German

2012            Order in chaos, Nafasi Art Gallery, Tanzania

2012            Ten years of creating or wolokoso in 4 art spaces in Kampala, Afriart Gallery, MishMash, Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR, Fasfas Art Room

2011            Ronex ISMS, Afriart Gallery, Kampala

2010            Ronex vs Ronex Afriart Gallery, Kampala

2009            Order OR chaos, Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala  

2004-2008    Annual Solo Exhibition, Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala 

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

2003            Gone Solo at Ugandan German Cultural Society, Kampala

2002            Artist of the Month Exhibition, National Theater, Kampala 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2O15   KunstRAI, Amsterdam

2014    klaart festival, boda boda project, Kampala

2014    Kampala art biennale, Kampala

2014    Garbage collectors exhibition, national theatre Kampala

2014    turning point with Ugandan and Norwegian students, national theatre

2013    mango roses with kabira international school, jazz Ville hotel

2013    Africa Now, Bonhams, London

2012    Uganda at 50, Kabira Country Club, Kampala

2012    KLA ART 012, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival

2012    4 Contemporary Ugandan Artists, Burning House, Spain 

2012    Bonham Art Auction, London, UK

2012    Bark cloth Reloaded, Fas Fas Art Room, Kampala

2012    Laba Street Art Festival, Kampala 2007-2014 

2012    Nude Exhibition, Fas Fas Art Room, Kampala

2011    Signature Art Exhibition, Kabira Country Club, Kampala

2011    Controversial Art Exhibition, Afriart Gallery, Kampala 

2011    Fireworks Annual Art Exhibition, Chartis Offices, Kampala

2011    Art Expo, New York, USA

2010    Signature Art Exhibition, Serena Hotel, Kampala

2010    Controversial Art Exhibition, Afriart Gallery, Kampala

2009    Africa Now, Worldbank, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008    Ugandan Sculptors, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala

2008    East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

2008    Mini-Print Art Exhibition, Lessedra, Bulgaria {2005-08}

2007    Memories Of Child Soldiers, Ndere Culture Centre, Kampala

2007    ART @ 20K with Xenson, National Theater, Kampala  

2006    AAWA, Alexandria International Workshop Exhibition, Egypt 

2005    East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2005    AID CHILD Exhibition, Masaka

2004    Bonze Cast Exhibition, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala

2004    Kunst Supermarket, Netherlands

2003    East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2003    Young Artists Exhibition, Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala

2002    Annual Art Exhibition, Nommo Gallery, Kampala

 

Catalogues (selected)

Kampala art biennale, Kampala 2014

Africa Now, Bonhams, London  2013

4 Contemporary Uganda artists, Spain 2012

KLA ART 012 Catalogue, Kampala

Art now Catalogue 2009

EASTAFAB Catalogues, Tanzania (2009, 2005, 2003)  

Mini-print Catalogues, Lessedra Bulgaria, 2008, also 2005-07

Samtidskunst fra ostafrika, Denmark, 2007

Africa Now, Emerging talents from a continent on the move, world Bank 2007

 

PRESS (selected)

Uganda’s Top 10 Contemporary Artists and Where to Find 
http://bit.ly/1orxvK6. 2014

Ronex: Artist personified by Mildred Apenyo, in Proggie, December 3, 2012. http://proggie.ug/ronex-one-on-one/

Kampala Contemporary Art Festival: Setting new trends in art exhibitions by Elizabeth Namakula, in Start, November 2012. http://startjournal.org/2012/11/kampala-contemporary-art-festival-setting-new-trends-in-art-exhibitions/

Nudity? It is Artistic Expression and Free Speech (part I) by Angelo Kakande, in Start, November 2012. http://startjournal.org/2012/11/nudity-it-is-artistic-expression-and-free-speech/

Ronex celebrating his 10 years: New faces + new direction by Serubiri Moses, in Start, Aug 2012. http://startjournal.org/2012/08/ronex-celebrating-his-10-yrs-new-faces-new-directions/

Naked truths about Ronex by Dominic Muwanguzi, in The Independent, 06 July 2012. http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6042&Itemid=154

Ahimbisibwe makes a decade in art by John Vianney Nsimbe, in The Observer, 05 July 2012. http://www.observer.ug/index.php/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19651:ahimbisibwe-makes-a-decade-in-art&catid=63:book-review-a-art&Itemid=102

Ronex, L’Uomo Vogue, May-June 2012. 
http://www.vogue.it/en/uomo-vogue/people/2012/05/ronex

Bonhams 1793/ ronex Ahimbisibwe ( Ugandan, born 1977) ‘am Solo’ www.bonhams.com/auctions/19513/lot/1/

The Twentyfour-Seven Artist: An interview with Ronex Ahimbisbwe by Thomas Bjørnskau, Start, July 2011. http://startjournal.org/2011/07/the-twentyfour-seven-artist-an-interview-with-ronex-ahimbisibwe/

Art: Crime can make for good art by John Nsimbe, in The Observer, 20 April 2011 http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13043:art-crime-can-make-for-good-art-too-

Ronex Ahimbisibwe: “It’s the hardliners who survive” by Douglas Gorney, convozine, Mar 9, 2011. http://convozine.com/douglas/10265

Ugandan artists: meet Ronex Ahimbisibwe by Jane Musoke Nteyafas, UG pulse, April 8, 2006. http://www.ugpulse.com/arts/ugandan-artists-meet-ronex-ahimbisibwe/367/ug.aspx

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2012:               KLA ART 012 International Award Iwalewa-Haus in Bayreuth)

                        2 months residency in Germany at the      

2012                Art work of the day: “a world without him” Art Expo New York

2007                Abaato award by Tulifanya Gallery

2002                Artist of the Month, Alliance Française Kampala 

 

TEACHING/WORKSHOP FACILITATION

2012                TEDX, KAMPALA

2012                Pimp up your property at Fas Fas (once a month)

2008                Conducting art workshops (4 towns) in Denmark

2007                Art therapy at Mulago hospital

2006                Art workshop with Former Street kids at cornerstone, Kampala

2006                Charity murals for international hospital, HOPE WARD, Kampala

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013                Sculpture 2013 at Fas Fas art gallery 

                        Something or nothing at Fas Fas gallery

2012                Ceramics exhibition at Fas Fas Art Room 

                        Bark cloth reloaded at Fas Fas Art Room 

                        Around the potholes by Joel Sames at Fas Fas Art Room 

             Nude exhibition at Fas Fas Art Room 

             Batwa photo exhibition at Fas Fas Art Room 

             Black and white art exhibition at Fas Fas Art Room 

             End of year art exhibition at Fas Fas Art Room 

 

2010                Signature Art Exhibition at Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

2007                Sculpture Exhibition at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

2006                Laba! Street Art Festival

2005                AID CHILD Charity Workshop, Masaka, Uganda

2004                Exhibition in aid of ACID victims, Sheraton hotel, Kampala, Uganda

 

RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

 

2014           Photography workshop with Sam Hopkins, Makerere University

2013           Curators workshop, at 32° east, Kampala

2013           Mash up the archive- residency at Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth,German

2012           Visionary Africa – Art at work, Workshop, Uganda Museum, Kampala

2010            Sculpture Symposium, Erfurt, Germany 

2008            HIFA, Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe

                     Conducting art workshops in Denmark

2006             AAW Alexandria International Workshop, Egypt

2006             Pangolin Edition, Casting Workshop, Makerere University, Kampala

2005             Art residency at Künstlerhaus, Schwarndorf, Germany 

2004              Pangolin Edition, Casting Workshop, Makerere University, Kampala

 

ABOUT STYLE, TECHNIQUE AND SUBJECT MATTER 

Multi-media Ugandan artist —–Ronex Ahimbisibwe 

 

Artist’s statement

My visual journey mainly entails studio research in a quest to discover my own capabilities, strength and doubts by tapping into the magic of the subconscious.

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 or 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-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, aesthetics meeting free expression and so on.

My art works 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.

Furthermore, my work seeks to explain and attempts to answer questions about methods and materials and the effects of texture on one’s perception.

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

A wide range of materials I use 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.

 

 

Countries exhibited in include:

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Germany, 

Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway, Bulgaria, 

Belgium, England, Slovenia, USA, Australia & Spain

 

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