Muramuzi JohnBosco (Ugandan, born 1991, Based in Kampala) is an emerging contemporary artist living and working in Buloba, Kampala, Uganda. He holds a Diploma in Industrial Art and Design from YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Kampala, Uganda.
His work, characterized by a mixture of vivid and sometimes monochrome colors, explores the rural-urban Ugandan life, nature, culture, and socio-economic and architectural transformations in the city. His intricate bold woven-like semi-abstract cityscapes with human figures, unapologetically depict the lower-middle-class Ugandan people in a magical way that empowers the viewer with a powerful message of hope.
His primary source of inspiration is Kampala, the Ugandan capital, and Sheema, his village in the western part of Uganda, where he spent most of his upbringing. Also, he credits his mother, a weaver, as a big influence and inspiration in his career growth, style, and technique.
Muramuzi presents recent works on canvas, focusing on sharing his take on Rural origins and Kampala where he currently lives. Experiences,
visions and compositions including his personal view and experience since 2004; when he first left his village for the city and the emotions that are attached to it. The atmosphere and elements that compose the Hawkers series, the figurative study of the “Abatembeyi” Luganda word for Hawkers and urban cityscapes symbolize the hopes and aspirations of the typical Ugandan people such as the banana hawkers, taxi drivers, and farmers, who travel miles seeking for greener pastures. Also, in an attempt to share his artistic impression, his paintings explore and transfigure the architectural, and socio-economic life and perspective of rural-urban Uganda into a dreamy atmosphere, a kind of invitation to discovery and travel.
“My work is about imaginary views of nature and the environment around me. I capture memories of the journey from my village in Sheema to Kampala and other places I have lived in. This thought process could go back and forth. Depictions of both the seen and the unseen places are manipulated to create a new environment in the way I want to see it”