I am an artist, visual artist and designer.
I was born in Nairobi, I live in Paris. Modern and cosmopolitan cities that are characterized by the cultural mix of different peoples.
Regardless of the creative tool I choose to express myself, the human remains at the centre of my artistic approach. Each of us has our own story to tell. I portray my life, that of my friends, strangers and less strangers. Thus diversity nourishes my curiosity about the world. I look at our identities and their hidden sides. I prefer portraits to celebrate my characters. I use glass and plexi-glass to sublimate my subjects with brilliance and reflections, while emphasizing human fragility. Present in my works, the pictograms represent our urban environment that shapes and rhythms our lives and becomes my playground.
Evans Mbugua (n. 1979, Nairobi)
TO TEND TOWARDS THE LIGHT
The place of the urban environment in Evans Mbugua’s work is reflected in the presence of pictograms that fill the entire surface of his photo paper supports. These spaces, saturated by the accumulation of these patterns, alternate solids, voids, transparency and opacity, shadow and light. The artist has been collecting these elements since 2004 «I weave them graphically, recalling the primary use of traditionally worn fabrics for communication. These motifs, composed of pictograms, are the basis of a creative project with which I try to create a universal language. »
The human figure occupies a central place in his resolutely figurative work. He draws his subjects from his own experience or that of his more or less close entourage. The major themes he addresses are hope and joy. Hence the energy and vitality that emerge from his achievements. A bias that the artist conceives as an answer to the complexity of reality, an alternative to the dark news that the news conveys. Always striving for light, seems to be his leitmotiv. This does not prevent him from being lucid about the world in which he evolves.
Dagara Dakin, art critic