In this solo exhibition, Uganda’s most undoubtedly prolific artist RONEX AHIMBISIBWE presents a body of multimedia works offering different options to the viewer in light of what they see and experience. Ronex sees art as an active social agent that should educate, call for dialogue and critically articulate all the possible segments of contemporary society. He is driven by one question, “What if?” What if he tried this and that? What would be the outcome? He enjoys getting surprised by the process and reversal of known truths. He says questions bring out our characters and personalities and contradictions make us human.
Ronex believes order and chaos are intricately interrelated. A slight change in an orderly system may produce unanticipated, large-scale effects. This is evident in his sculptural works the “Fairy tale village” made up of miniature houses, where the audience has the option to make different arrangements of how they envision the city in which they live.
In one of his artwork “Elevated”, the background depicts the underlying social randomness of chaotic systems as seen in the applied patterns and textures. Here he repeats the same patterns at increasingly small and large scales. This minimalistic approach in the background of his artworks presents full detail. The vast empty spaces in some of his canvases are meant to reflect his contradictory view that humans want loneliness but at the same time want to stay connected to the world.
Ronex’s abstract artworks not only allow the viewer to explore the relationship between order and chaos but other things like choices, he believes because of the many factors involved in decision-making with its unknown results, many people hesitate to even make a choice, thinking it would be safer and that they would be better off where they are instead of delving into the unknown. His artworks take us on a journey of self-discovery, meditation and embracing of loneliness to truly become our creative authentic selves.
Ronex Ahimbisibwe was born 1977 in Rucence, Mbarara district in Western Uganda. He is a multi-media visual artist who graduated from the Margaret trowel school of industrial and fine arts, Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda) in 2001 and has since been living and working as a full-time artist in Kampala.
Ronex has had 19 solo art exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows all over the world. He is a master of technical experimental artistic inventions in art. His mediums include paintings, sculptures, woodcut prints, digital art and photography, furniture and mixed-media installations.