One of the up-and-coming names in contemporary African visual art, Denis Mubiru combines the personal and the public lives of everyday Africans into his vibrant expressionist works. Chaotic, raw and colourful, Mubiru’s style encapsulates a gritty examination on contemporary urban African issues: economic inequality, human rights, social stratification, the environment and evolving personal relationships.
Denis Mubiru, a graduate of Nkumba University, intertwines his vivacious, almost garish use of colours with raw brushstrokes to convey the overwhelming chaos of life. Mubiru is an explorer of contemporary Africa: his visual texts spark dialogue about what it truly means to be here. His imagery is potent: mixing the abstract with the obvious and thereby creating a forceful story expressed on canvas. Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, Mubiru’s visual masterpieces are an exploration of Africa in transit: whether it be on a micro scale, by taking a kamunye or on a macro scale, with emerging economies. Mubiru’s interest in transportation, both physical and psychological, is evident in his art, creating works dedicated to Kampala’s Matatu (motorbike taxi) culture. His imagery of transit, the vehicles, the luggage, the people, the movement, is all indicative of our innate humanness in our need to constantly be in motion, a state that he ascribes to contemporary Africa in particular.