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Omuntu Muntu

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“Omuntu muntu” literally means the nature of the mankind that clearly describes the natural disposition of the mind for any being, his or her personal character, temper, peculiar mental characteristics and attributes that serve to distinguish him or her from other persons and all creations on earth. This can be expressed in two ways, the inner state of the being and the other form exhibited through the active performances.

“Omuntu” is that person who is widely open for new experiences where he has many fields of interest. Omuntu reacts quickly to any arising problem or changing situation to him is like second nature to him and therefore he intends to cherish it. Collecting new experiences when he gets to action helps him to activate his mental and physical being.

Omuntu is extremely communicative and crafty, he attracts new friends but at times he can be a bit superficial and becomes independent where he does not easily take advice from others when he already has existing firm beliefs.

Understanding omuntu is not just about the actions that are happening between “abantu”, it’s also about how abantu interact with the whole world and how they seek to promote the welfare of the rest of the whole society.

Omuntu should always preach love instead of hate. The world wants to see us helping one another and living by each other’s happiness. “Ndi Muntu” as a person I do not preach hate and despise others because I believe that in this world there is room for everyone and room for any other creature that lives on Earth.

OMUNTU MUNTU art exhibition therefore manifests a series of forms and qualities of the mankind “Omuntu” according to the different qualities and attributes.

This exhibition also takes us through the journey of the different life experiences of Omuntu as he tries to make the world a better place to live in. The exhibition is also a presentation of behavior patterns and life experiences of an ordinary Muntu most especially during his or her childhood stages. Omuntu retains some line of activity both in childhood and in maturity stages all directed towards achieving a certain goal in life. Omuntu will always live the most peaceful and most successful life regardless of how much money, academic qualifications he owns but rather the degree of humanitarian activities he performs.

Humanity does not only stop at caring for others but also getting to deeply understand  the nature of the human kind “Obuntu” and extending unconditional love to every being that was created to live on earth. Life seems to be so demanding but as humans we should always embrace the little that is available and as we crave for more, we should also give a hand to those with less than what we have.

All of us are capable of showing humanity and this can be through acknowledging that all human beings are equal, regardless of their gender, sex, colour or anything. Finally we as humans should all model genuine empathy and show gratitude to each other to express respect and humility.

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Kabonge George Wasswa is a Ugandan visual artist born as a twin in Mukono district. He’s a graduate of Kyambogo University where he acquired formal education with a bachelor’s degree in vocational studies, art and design with education.

He is a secondary school teacher and a practicing artist specialized in painting genre with a collage painting effects and pointillism style characterized by vibrant dots of tints and shades meticulously layered onto canvas to define his subjects. His themes draw inspiration from the contemporary social life that defines his society. Kabonge explores variety of themes ranging from traditional African contemporary music, wild life, and daily life styles and activities presented both in realistic, semi abstract and abstract forms intended to evoke public dialogue on respecting and preserving societal traditions and culture.

He has participated in various art exhibitions in Uganda and across East Africa to share his artistic experiences with fellow artists and communities. Although he predominantly works with acrylics and oil on canvas, he has experimented with a wide range of media. His motivation towards exploration of the arts practice with in an expanded pedagogy stems from his ability to work with fellow artists and communities.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I love exploring different themes using pointillism style where I put various vibrant dots or strokes of colour in most of my paintings. Different hues mostly appear in contrasts to one another. I am inspired by day today life experiences which I depict using the vibrant dots or strokes of hues on canvas. I use oil paints and acrylics on canvas to portray messages.

 

Title : Ndi muntu

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R115cm

Year : 2022

Title : Kato ne Wasswa

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x60cm

Year : 2022

Title : Obuvumu

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x60cm

Year : 2022

Title : Akatezimbe

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x50cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu mugezi

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 80x65cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu muvumbuzi

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R43cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu asiima

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R66.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omwana womuntu2

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R66cm

Year : 2022

Title : Olugendo

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 29x23.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu mukulembeze

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x50.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Eggulo,lero,nenkya

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 28.5x50cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu minzaani

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x50.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Ogutateganya

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 29x23.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu asuubira

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x50cm

Year : 2022

Title : Ettawaaza

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x60cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omusingi

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 25.5x35.5cm

Year : 2022

Title : Abayita ababiri

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 70x50.5

Year : 2022

Title : Omuntu mulugendo

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : 36.5x27cm

Year : 2022

Title : Omwana womuntu

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R 54cm

Year : 2022

Title : Amagezi muliro 2

Medium : Oil on canvas

Size : R75

Year : 2022

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