illustrator and painter
Alex Kwizera is 27 years old and was born in Kabale, Southern Uganda. Art has been his passion since he was little – kids from the neighborhood always came to him to fabricate their play toys. Nowadays he is an illustrator and painter living in Kampala, working at his own studio ‘Kwiz Era Studio’ in Kisementi.
He studied Industrial Art and Design at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University till 2010. As a former anatomy major, Kwizera feels highly inspired by human anatomy in relation to body language and facial expressions. His experimental painting style can be described as a blend of Expressionism and Realism. For his paintings and drawings he uses a variety of media including oil on canvas, water colour, oil and soft pastel, charcoal and acrylics.
He has been part of several exhibitions including two of the Fireworks Annual exhibitions and other group exhibitions in Uganda and Rwanda. Despite his latest focus on commissioned and media work, he is planning on participating in more exhibitions in the future.
As an illustrator, Kwizera has worked with most of the publishing companies in Uganda. Currently, he is working on a children’s book on folk tales of Somalia, a Rwandan super hero comic book on fighting crime, and MIXA Kids, an online platform for stories written by children for fellow children. In 2013, he
competed in the 1st Ugandan Comic & Cartoon Contest organized by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/UGCS alongside other cartoonists and illustrators.
The Sadolin MabARTi Challenge theme ‘Your Colour, your World’ suits him well as he loves to work with vibrant colours – proved by his mabaati artwork which won the second prize of the challenge due to its strong expressiveness.