Country: Uganda • Medium: Terracotta sculptures
Emmanuel is a multi-medium, multi-style sculptor, whose work ranges from traditional figurative and portraiture to representational abstracts. Targeting mainly social issues,he loves working with a variety of materials but has a stronger attachment to clay.
This is mainly because he feels that clay provides him with various options and alternatives due to its flexibility and avails several outcomes both expected and unexpected.
Emmanuel says that each work challenges the viewer to ponder their shared journey. No two people experience anything exactly the same, and yet a perfect stranger can walk up to a piece of art and experience a connection.
Born and raised in Mutundwe, a Kampala suburb, the third child of 10, Emmanuel’s love for sculpting developed at an early age when he discovered that he could make figures out of the ant-hill soil in the home garden and that they would dry to a state of permanency when left out in the scalding sun.
Because the Ugandan education system does offer art education in the early years of school, he was formally introduced to sculpture only in 2003, after joining the ‘Michelangelo School of Creative Arts’ where he studied for a diploma in Art & Design.
The artist graduated in 2006 with a Kyambogo University Diploma and a Degree in Industrial and Fine arts from Makerere University, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honoursdegree.
It is there that he produced his first ever proper sculpture under the tutorship of HenryMujuziKipemba. Going forward Emmanuel started to work with several sculptors, which exposed him to various techniques and gavehim a chance to develop his skills.