I’m a visual artist and a designer.
I was born in Nairobi, I live in Paris, both modern and cosmopolitan cities that are characterized by the cultural mix of divers populations.
No matter which creative tool I choose to express myself, man is at the heart of my artistic approach. Each one of us has his own story to tell. I portray my life, that of my friends and strangers. In this way, diversity nourishes my curiosity of the world. I take a look at our identities and their hidden facets. I favour portraits to celebrate my characters. I use glass and perspex to beautify my subjects by shine and reflections, while underlining human frailty. In my work, pictograms represent our urban environment which shapes, rhythms our life and which, in turn, becomes my playground.
Evans Mbugua (b. 1979, Nairobi)
If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.