Artwork of the Day: A World Without Him, Ronex Ahimbisibwe

Ronex Ahimbisbwe, A World Without Him

"A World Without Him" by Ronex Ahimbisbwe

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “A World Without Him,” a 24″ x 35″ mixed media painting (also available as a giclee print in 18″ x 26″ and 20″ x 28″) by Ronex Ahimbisibwe, who will be exhibiting with Wet Stone Fine Art at Artexpo New York 2011.

Ronex is becoming one of Uganda’s most celebrated artists, yet he often paints on scraps — remnants of sisal, canvas, bark cloth, paper, cardboard and wood. His oeuvre is shaped by the Central African milieu. With a rich, colorful blend of acrylics, basco paints, oils, prints and inks he renders impressionistic images with an immediately recognizable African iconography, and his sculpture and furniture hew the line between the stark modernism of Noguchi and tribal totemism.

Yet ultimately what this self-professed loner draws upon is a deeply personal introspection:

It’s hard to ignore ones culture, as it’s part of me and gives identity at the same time. But my works bridge between my reality, experiences and the sub-conscious.

Mostly am experimental — I’m engaged in a quest to discover my own capabilities. My desire has always been to create works that curiously blend sophistication and naivety — mainly inspired by cave painting and the female form.

“A World Without Him” is one of many pieces Ronex has painted on the theme of women and their empowerment in African society.

Our (African) women are unsung heroes, and their rights have been trampled upon. My dream is to project them in another light; one in which they are proud of their psyche, their body, and their manifold roles in society.

Today’s Ugandan man needs a challenging woman, with ideas and goals in life, the relationship should be symbiotic not parasitic and then women will get the respect they deserve. On the brighter side more women are getting educated and fighting their way to the top. Their voices are being heard and if they continue trying harder women who today are regarded as a weaker sex will be making history.

Born in 1977 in southwest Uganda, Ronex graduated in fine arts from Makerere University, Kampala, in 2001. He has travelled to Germany for further study, and his work has been exhibited througout Africa — including the East Africa Art Biennale, 2003 and 2005 — as well as the Netherlands, France, Germany, Australia. Ronex was Artist of the Month at the Alliance Francaise, Kampala in 2002.

He has also been profiled in several magazines and newspapers including New Vision, the Monitor, The Australian Art Review, Rendezvous Magazine, The East African, and Shwandorf Newspaper (Germany).

Wet Stone Fine Art, which will be showing work by Ronex and other artists at Artexpo New York, has been producing fine art giclée reproductions for more than ten years. Owner Marc Cohen has over 30 years of experience as a professional photographer and printmaker producing fine art prints. As a small atelier, its objective is to work with artists as partners towards achieving high quality archival giclée prints that reproduce the original feeling, tone and color of an artwork at competitive prices.

To find out more about Ronex Ahimbisibwe’s work, visit the Wet Stone Fine Art website, wetstonegiclee.com.

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