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Evans MBUGUA

Body Talk & Flower Power  

Born in Nairobi in 1979 and after his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, Evans Mbugua decided to continue his studies in France. In 2005, he graduated in graphic design from the High School of Fine Arts of Pau, France.   While at the same time starting a professional career as an art director in a communications agency in Toulouse, Mbugua continued to explore the field of visual arts in his personal studio. In 2011 he decided to go up to Paris, where he devotes all of his time to artistic exploration and design. It’s his colorful universe, full of energy and joy of living, that he shares with everyone who knows how to appreciate his work.
His work has been shown in Europe, the US and in his home continent, from Morocco to the South African Republic. He participated in many contemporary art fairs, including some of the most famous fairs dedicated to contemporary African art: 1-54 London, AKAA Paris, Art X Lagos. Some of his works have been sold in specialized sales of auction houses in Paris.

In the highly colorful compositions of the series “Body Talk” Evans depicts the encounters, exchanges, identities and ways of being in understanding human beings and their many facets. Very carefully created backgrounds bring to mind the artist’s design activity, reproducing the regular motifs of the multicolored African fabrics.  Even footprints are cleverly fused into the plot while at the same time evoking the march and above all the dance. He detaches, through the use of pointillism, great moving characters that invade the canvas and give it a vitality that contrasts vigorously with the colorful background. The techniques in these artworks link handmade oil painting on plexiglass with original digital printing on paper. These artworks are fresh, showing a dynamic Africa in motion, a positive Africa that immediately provokes the desire to love it! For the artist, dance is a universal language. It allows the transmission of expressions of joy, peace, excitement, tension, space, rhythm, flexibility… The dancers are black, true, but they are contemporary and "globalized," as evidenced by their hairstyles, the costumes and accessories that they wear, and there is nothing to attribute them to a nationality, an ethnic group, a country, all these symbols of borders, of isolation and conflict. They represent an energetic Africa as a whole and its transcendent unity. Evans Mbugua makes us want to be happy and optimistic about this continent. He brings us hope and joy of life and deserves our recognition as such!

"Flower Power" is the latest series by Evans Mbugua. His hand-painted portraits on plexiglass carry cut flowers in a crown or bouquet. These works seem to present themselves as offerings. The flower is a message, flowers are offered at key moments in life. It symbolizes union, a link between two people, by extention peace. By choosing the title "Flower Power", the artist refers to a specific period of the 60's. During the protests in the US against the war in Vietnam, the flower was used by pacifist demonstrators as a symbol of a non-violent ideology. The flower also symbolizes fragility, the ephemeral side of life. It blooms then fades to a seasonal rhythm. By observing this perpetual cycle, he questions the life cycle of plants and by extension that of the human. "I integrated the flowers in my work in order to question our relationship with time." The artist continues his quest for hope and poses a parallel to this perpetual floral rebirth and human resilience: "We get up, we continue"

Biography

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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 - Should I stay or Should I go, Set me Free - 2020 - Oil on plexiglass & photo paper - 150cm H x 100cm W - 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 - Give me some space now - 2020 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Oil on plexiglass and photo paper 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 - Flower Power Renaissance - 2021 - 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" - Time to Bloom the Love - 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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All artworks

 

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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 - Contact for price - 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 - 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 "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 Contact for price - 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
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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 - 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 - Contact for price - 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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