LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
The human figure occupies a central place in his resolutely figurative work. He draws his subjects from his own lived experiences. The major themes he addresses are hope, audacity and joy. The space that is occupied by the urban environment in the works of Evans Mbugua is reflected by the presence of pictograms in form of motifs which fill the entire surface. These playful surfaces saturated by the accumulation of motifs, alternate between plenitude and emptiness, transparency and opacity, shadow and light. Hence the energy and vitality that emanate from his artworks. It’s a bias that the artist conceives as a response to the complexity of reality, an alternative to the sad news conveyed by the mainstream media. Always striving to look on the bright side, seems to be his leitmotiv yet this does not prevent him from being lucid about the reality of the world in which he lives.
Dagara Dakin, art critic
Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage means we face our fears.” – Maya Angelou
SOLO / DUO EXHIBITIONS (selection)
POINTS DE DEPART (Dakar Biennale Off) : Galerie Arte – Senegal.
FLOWER POWER : Galeria Out of Africa – Espagne.
TU M’ES INDISPENSABLE: REGARD SUD – France.
FREEDOM IS MINE !: Galeria Out of Africa – Espagne.
A SPECTACULAR NOW: Circle Art Gallery – Kenya.
RECALL: Galerie Art-Z – France.
PORTRAIT TIRÉ: Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – France.
TRÉSORS D’AFRIQUE: Maison Chaumet – France.
DIALOGUE: Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) – Royaume Uni.
IDENTITIES: Galeria Out of Africa – Espagne.
HIGHLIFE: Galerie Art-Z – France.
STYLE FUSION: Gallery of African Art – Royaume-Uni.
EVANS MBUGUA: Galerie Art-Z – France.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
WE ARE ENOUGH : 193 Gallery – France.
19th ASIAN ART BIENNALE : National Art Gallery of Bangladesh.
SCOPE Art Show (Miami) : Galeria Out of Africa (Spain) – USA.
AFRICAN IDENTITIES (Venice Biennale Off) : AKKA Project – Italy.
1-54 Art Fair (Londres): Loft Art Gallery (Morocco) – UK.
ArtxLagos Art Fair: OOA (Espagne) – Nigeria.
ART X LAGOS Art Fair: Galeria Out of Africa (Espagne) – Nigeria.
1-54 Art Fair (Londres): Atelier le Grand Village (France) – UK.
METAMORPHOSES: Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – France.
ASPIRING: ArtCo Gallery – Germany.
LES AFRIQUES AUTREMENT: Art-Z – France.
BEIRUT Art Fair: Galeria Out of Africa (Espagne) – Lebanon.
NAIROBI, HERE WE ART !: Galeria Out of Africa – Spain.
MON RÊVE EST POP: Loft Art Gallery – Morocco.
AKAA Art Fair: ArtCo Gallery – Allemagne.
ART X Lagos Art Fair: Galeria Out of Africa – Espagne.
FNB JOBURG Art Fair: ArtCo Gallery – Afrique du Sud.
CAPE TOWN Art Fair: ArtCo Gallery – Afrique du Sud.
EXODE: Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – France.
My Collection: MoCADA museum – Etats-Unis.
The ArtBall 2017: Amref Health Africa – Etats-Unis.
Cartes et Identités: Galerie Art-Z – France.
Origines et trajectoires: Piasa – France.
Afriques à Venir: Galerie ko21 – France.
Afric’Art – Villetaneuse (COP21): HCE Galerie – France.
La semaine du Kenya: UNESCO – France.
LE FEU DES ORIGINES : BISO Biennale, Burkina Faso.
Printmaking residency: Atelier Le Grand Village – France.
TRANSLATION [DES PAS ET DES MOTS]: Espaço Luanda Arte – Angola.
Portrait Tiré: Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – France.
Art’Rimal: Galerie d’Art d’Oujda – Maroc.