Born in 1979 in Entebbe, a former British colonial administrative capital for Uganda, Eria Sane Nsubuga went to Kings College Buddo and later Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art, Makerere University where he graduated with a first class degree. At art school, he majored in Painting, Sculpture, and drawing, but he was always eager to defy the traditional approach to create art.
That defiance is visible in his work through questioning the political-social status quo and use of non-traditional media and art forms. His work and study is a satirical approach to complex themes of immigration, neo colonialism and consumerism. In all this, the artist is interested in the subject of inequality whether political, social, cultural or economical that can be traced in the capital empire today: he is always asking how does one position themselves in this inequality?
Beneath such interrogation underlies an intricate theme of the invisibility and visibility of art in Uganda: the invisibility of the art of Uganda to local eyes as well as internationally. Therefore, the artist produces artworks with collages or familiar figures to evoke the notion of visibility of his art to his locale. His recent inclusion of white faces to his art is a metaphor for the continued invisibility of African people including their art and culture on the international stage. In his recent production, the artist reproduces photographs in form of prints to contribute to the narrative of why create original art yet we are invisible. Hence, he interprets cultural production as a form of resistance although not in its literal form but metaphorically.
Sane has been collected by South African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), World Bank Art collection, RIFT COLLECTION Modern and Contemporary African Art and Damien Hirst Art Collection. He has showcased at AKAA Art Fair, Paris 2017, Johannesburg Art Fair 2016-2018 and Afriart gallery Kampala