Nuwa Wamala NnyanziGems of Africa Gallery - Art.
...Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi
Nuwa Wamala-Nnyanzi was born in Uganda in 1952.Nnyanzi
a self-taught artist of international repute is married with two children.It was while exiled in Kenya in 1978, that he
started painting professionally for a living.The large expatriate community plus a growing African middle class in Nairobi would turn out to be not only an invaluable source of income generator for his
fledgling young family, but more importantly, it provided him with the most comprehensive and expansive education any student of East African art could perhaps ever hope to achieve.From the very outset of his
journey as an artist, Nnyanzi
became acutely aware that it was the brush strokes of his
intellectual understanding of the East African art scene rather than those of his
technical brilliance that might leave an indelible imprint on the future contours of East African art and to a greater extent African art in general.
The modern African batik owes a great debt to Nnyanzi
whose pioneering work almost single-handedly elevated the form from a low status item picked up at any one of the bustling East African craft markets, to a highly valued, respected and prestigious African artifact.
...Nnyanzi is one of the pioneers of the modern technique where more than one dye is applied at a time.
This technique produces subtle, rich tonal variations to the work, which when finished look stunningly brilliant, vibrant and very captivating.The African batik perhaps more than any other modern popular art form depicts and communicates the complex contours of the African psyche as it grapples with the intrusion of the post-modern mentality into the everyday experience of its people.It is this paradox which inspired Nnyanzi
.Using silhouette images, Nnyanzi
ably and convincingly so, addresses social and cultural issues which affect society. Nnyanzi
is a Modern Batik Master and Communicator.His
work which has often been aptly described as "The Art That Touches The Heart" has become a popular and celebrated emblem of a new Africanist self-belief, self-endeavor and self-achiever.Nnyanzi
has exhibited in several parts of the globe including: Africa, Europe and North America, among others.His
work appears on calendars, book & magazine covers and greetings cards; among which is the 1988 UNICEF greeting card "Homage to the First born" and The cover of WHO's 1999 World Health Report, bears his
art titled "Working Woman".Coca-Cola International
also commissioned him to make an 8 foot Coca-Cola bottle, using bark cloth to depict Uganda's rich cultural heritage.Nnyanzi is the chairman of Uganda Artists' Association, Nnyanzi is the State Minister of Arts and Social Welfare of the Buganda Kingdom, which is part of modern-day Uganda, located in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.He is the current President of the Rotary Club of Kampala West, Patron of Kampala Central Branch of the Uganda Red Cross Society and sits on the Uganda Tourist Board.
...Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi