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Evans MBUGUA

Biography

Evans MbuguaEVANS MBUGUA – FLOWER POWER

Rooted in the western pacifist, non violence resistance movements and ideology of the 1960’s, the notion of ‘Flower Power’ has since evolved and blossomed into a 21st century global movement, and struggle, utilised by greenpeace activists, environmentalists and anti-war groups alike.
Today, Flower Power is not simply marked by a repulsion against the cool steel of armament development and the threat of mutually assured destruction through the advancement of nuclear and bio-chemical weapons, but an even more sinister threat against humanity, and its future generations; climate change and global warming.

Poignantly, against the backdrop of COP 26, as world leaders convene in Europe to agree solutions to resolve the increasingly imminent threat against global civilisation, and ratify agreements made in Paris six years prior, Evans Mbugua, works prolifically in his studio in the same city, to create a body of work that addresses these issues, albeit visually, and more cryptically, but nonetheless, no less significant and powerful.

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For Evans, a quintessential global citizen and visual artist, rooted in Kenya, East Africa, with petals and leaves that branch across Morocco, North Africa, to Spain and France in Europe; Flower Power is not simply a series that captures the beauty and sentimentality typically associated with flora, but moreso, a rallying cry for humanity to embrace universalism, and the mutually shared values, interests and visual language that we all understand, and innately know, irrespective of our perceived differences, whether real, superficial or imagined.

Evans’s unique practice of working on perspex and glass as opposed to the more traditional canvas or wood panel that most visual artists opt for, speaks not only to his desire to challenge the status quo, push boundaries, explore and evolve, but also to the reverence he has for light and reflection, and the luminous quality and effect it has on his work, both literally and metaphorically.

His work, when illuminated by lighting, takes on an ethereal and spiritual quality, reminiscent of the church school stained glass windows, depicting hallowed and respected figures that he recalls from his childhood in Kenya. Equally, the symbolism and significance of light, speaks to the motifs of hope, peace, and perpetual optimism that is consistent and recurring throughout the entirety of his oeuvre, which in equal parts radiates from every muse he captures, and reflects off their signature sunglasses.

Moreover, it would be remiss not to note the significance of light, as an essential component of the process of photosynthesis, required to nourish, and support the growth of the flowers that the artist holds dearly. For Evans, and for society at large, flowers remain a visual and physical manifestation of the beauty, sanctity and fragility of life, as well as the social significance and role they have long played as markers of offering, love and humanity.

Flower Power, is for all intents and purposes, an extension of the artist’s philosophy on life and humanity, informed by his own journey of personal discovery, growth and encounters thus far. His truth stems from, and is inspired by his appreciation for universalism, and his understanding that ultimately, in spite of our differences, we are all the same, and as such, we should coexist with each other, and with nature, with love, harmony, mutual respect and peace.


Raphael Dapaah
Art writer, Consultant, Contributor
Dapaah Gallery |Polo Lifestyles Magazine |Art Plugged

Solo & Duo Shows

2021
- Flower Power - OOA Gallery - Barcelona (Spain)
- Evans Mbugua - Galerie Art-Z - Paris (France)
2020
- Tu m'es indispensable - Regard Sud Gallery - Lyon (France)
- Freedom is mine - OOA Gallery - Barcelona (Spain) 
2019
-A spectacular Now - Circle Art Gallery - Nairobi (Kenya)
2018 
- Recall – Art-Z – Paris (France)
- Trésors d’Afrique – Maison Chaumet – Paris (France) 
- Dialogue – Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) – London (UK)
- Identities – OOA Gallery – Barcelona (Spain)
2017
- Identities – OOA Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
- Highlife – Galerie Art-Z – Paris, France
2016
- Evans Mbugua – Ellia Art Gallery – Paris, France

Group shows

2021
-1-54 Art Fair London - Loft Art Gallery - London (UK)
- Art X lagos Art Fair - OOA Gallery - Lagos (Nigeria)
2020
- Metamorphoses - Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse - Saint-Savin (France)
- Aspiring - ArtCo Gallery - Aachen, Germany 
- 1-54 New York Online Art Fair - OOA Gallery - New York (USA)
- Art X Lagos - OOA Gallery - Lagos (Nigeria)
2019 
- Les Afriques Autrement - Art-Z Gallery - Paris (France)
- Art X Lagos - OOA Gallery - Lagos (Nigeria)
- 1-54 London Art Fair - Loft Art Gallery - London (UK)
- Beirut Art Fair - OOA Gallery - Beirut (Lebanon)
- Nairobi, here we Art! - OOA Gallery - Barcelona (Spain)
- Mon rêve est Pop - Loft Art Gallery - Casablanca (Morocco) 
- Africa - Alexia Werrie Gallery - Belgium 
- Afro Funk - Art Z Gallery / Galerie des Photographes - Paris (France)
- Afro, rencontres avec des Afriques – Galería de l’escale – Levallois (France)
- Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) – London (UK) 
- Cape Town Art Fair – ArtCo Gallery – Aachen (Germany) 
- A spectacular now – Circle Art Gallery – Nairobi (Kenya)
- London Art Fair – ArtCo Gallery – Aachen (Germany) 
2018 
- Background Africa - ArtCo Gallery / SoArt Gallery – Casablanca (Morrocco)
- AKAA ART FAIR - ArtCo Gallery – Aachen (Germany
- Art X lagos Art Fair - OOA Gallery – Barcelona (Spain) 
- Afrik’au coeur - Festival des cultures d’Afrique – Auxerre & Yonne (Francia)
- 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair - Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) – London (UK) 
- ArtCo Sommerausstellung - ArtCo Gallery – Aachen (Germany) 
- Portrait Tiré - Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – France
- FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018 - ArtCo Gallery – Johannesburg (South Africa)
- GAFRA Summer Exhibition - Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) – London (UK) 
- Summer Group Show - OOA Gallery – Barcelona (Spain) 
- Bewegungen - ArtCo Gallery – Aachen (Germany) 
- 15 Ans ! - ArtZ – París (France) 
- Art Paris Fair - ArtCo Gallery – París (France) 
- Cape Town Art Fair - ArtCo Gallery – Cape Town (South Africa)
2017
- Exode – Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – Saint-Savin, France
- Expo d’été – Galerie Art-Z – Paris, France
- My collection – MoCADA Museum, New York, USA
- The ArtBall 2017 – Amref Health Africa – New York, USA
- Itinéraires - Galerie Art-Z – Paris, France
2016
- Mode is Art – Galerie Joseph – Paris, France
- Origines et Trajectoires 2 – Piasa – Paris, France
- Style Fusion – Gallery of African Art – London, England
- Cartes et Identités – Cloîtres des Billettes (curator Olivier Sultan) – Paris, France
- Familles – Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse – Saint-Savin, France
- Le Livre délivre – Galerie ko21 – Paris, France
- Origines et trajectoires – Piasa – Paris, France
- 14ème Salon des Arts Plastiques – Centro Cultural Communal de Pierrefitte, France
2015
- Afriques à Venir – Galerie ko21 – Paris, France
- Afric’Art – Villetaneuse (COP21) – HCE Galerie – Mairie de Villetaneuse, France
- La Semaine de l’Afrique – UNESCO – Paris, France
2014
- La Semaine du Kenya – UNESCO – Paris, France

Performances

2016
- Etat d’urgence – Galerie de la Voûte – Paris, France

Artist Residencies

2019 
- Translation (Des Pas et des Mots) - Espaço Luanda Arte - Luanda, Angola 
2018 
- Portrait Tiré - Galerie Emmanuelle Rousse - Saint-Savin, France 
2016 
- 2ème Art’Rimal – Galerie d’Art de Oujda – Oujda, Morocco

Collections

His works can be found in private collections in France, England, Italy, Denmark the United States, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco.
 

Available artworks

 


. Evans Mbugua - Take me over thrice - 2016 - 65cm H x 50cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglas and digital original print on paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Mes contemporains" - Saïdou Dicko - 2020 - 100cm H x 45cm W - Oil on plexiglass & photopaper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Dame aux Fleurs du Bonheur - 2020 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass and original digital print on paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Coeur des Fleurs Généreux - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Fleur Éternelle - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Jeune Fille aux Fleurs - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Le Temps d'une Floraison - 2021 - 110cm H x 60cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Sunkissed - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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All artworks

 

. Evans Mbugua - Series "My contemporaries" >INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Sunkissed - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Le Temps d'une Floraison - 2021 - 110cm H x 60cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Jeune Fille aux Fleurs - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Fleur Éternelle - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Coeur des Fleurs Généreux - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - Time to Bloom the Love - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Flower Power Renaissance - 2021 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass and original digital print on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Flower Power" - La Dame aux Fleurs du Bonheur - 2020 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglass and original digital print on paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "My contemporaries" - Wanjiry Kamuyu - 2020 - 100cm H x 45cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Give me some space now - 2020 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Mes contemporains" - Clay Apenouvon - 2020 - 100cm H x 45cm W - Oil on plexiglass & photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Series "Mes contemporains" - Wanjiru Kamuyu - 2020 - 100cm H x 45cm W - Oil on plexiglass & photopaper - Contact for price - INFO
INFO
. Evans Mbugua - Series "Mes contemporains" - Saïdou Dicko - 2020 - 100cm H x 45cm W - Oil on plexiglass & photopaper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Mon statut d'Homme Libre - 2020 - 110cm H x 90cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Should I stay or Should I go, Set me Free - 2020 - Oil on plexiglass & photo paper - 150cm H x 100cm W - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Guturamira-Ngania - 2020 - 100cm x 100cm - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Giant steps to the moon and back - 2020 - 100cm x 100cm - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Don't slow me down if I'm going too fast - 2020 - 100cm x 100cm - Oil on plexiglass & photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Get-Up - 2019 - 150cm H x 100cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Chakacha - 2019 - 150cm H x 100cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - A-bientôt - 2019 - 100x100cm - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Mi-Swing - 2019 - 100x100cm - Oil on plexiglass and photopaper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Spin - 2017 - 100 x 100cm - Oil on plexiglas & photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Space - 2017 - 100 x 100cm - Oil on plexiglas and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Rise - 2017 - 100 x 100cm - Oil on plexiglas & photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Flow - 2017 - 100 x 100cm - Oil on plexiglas and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - La vague - 2018 - 50cm H x 40cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Timing - 2018 - 70cm H x 50cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Step in - 2018 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Take me over thrice - 2016 - 65cm H x 50cm W - Handmade oil painting on plexiglas and digital original print on paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Marching - 2017 - 80cm H x 60cm W - Oil on plexiglass & photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Still I rise - 2017 - 80cm H x 60cm W - Oil paint on plexigass & photo paper - ON HOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - I believe. I can. - 2017 - 100cm x 100cm - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Take me over twice - 65cm H x 50cm W - 2016 - Oil paint on acetate with Photo paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Prélude - 2017 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Oil paint on Plexiglass with Photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Bamako Studio - 2017 - 100x100cm - Oil paint on Plexiglass with Photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Evans Mbugua - Dimanche au Bronx - 2017 - 70cm H x 50cm W - Oil paint on plexiglass with Photo paper - SOLD - INFO
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