Evans Mbugua 

Born in 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya 

Lives and works in Paris

 

Evans Mbugua holds a degree in graphic design, and is the former artistic director of the Beaux-arts de Pau (France). For the past six years, Evans Mbugua has dedicated himself fully to his artistic practice, creating works that gleam with colour. He has also collaborated with the Chaumet house of fine jewellery for whom he recently designed six broaches for the Les Mondes de Chaumet collection.

 

The artist considers himself a “graphic recycler”. He breathes new, bright and colourful life to the urban pictograms he collects during his travels as well as his daily life. His paintings are built around the representation of these motifs, which he repeats to form the foundation of his compositions. He then layers delicate sketches of the people he encounters, using pointillism technique, always staging them within the composition. 

 

“Each of us has his or her own story to tell. I stage my life, and the lives of my friends, those I know well and those I don’t know. That’s how diversity inspires my curiosity of the world. I look at our identities and their hidden aspects. I privilege portraits to celebrate my characters" - Evans Mbugua

 

Each of his collaborations fuels his own reflections about the times we live in. Motion is a constant element in his work, reminding us that moving forward is the essence of the human condition.