All his artworks are created by writing his thoughts in different languages (English, French, and Swahili). He writes and paints at the same time. The readability of his words disappear and vanish with layers of thousands of words written over each other.
Currently, he is working on a body of works called RED FLAGS inspired by his personal experiences. He paints on a red background to symbolize danger, the skull to symbolize death, and the hallow to symbolize his vision. Through these ``RED FLAGS``, he gives the viewer the opportunity to deeply connect and see themselves in the artwork and then give it their own title according to how the artwork speaks to them. His works are honest, they give the viewer the courage and energy to live.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHYBorn in 2000, Makano is a Congolese artist living in Uganda as a refugee since 2018. After losing his parents in a civil war back in DRC and becoming a refugee, art became his voice. His art was born out of depression and frustration. He was not only afraid of his past but also his future which led his present to become rebellious.
His name Makano means intersection, he believes that he is a bridge to connect different people or different things. Mainly working with acrylic and ink, his ability to express his vulnerability by combining writings from different languages and drawings, in his unashamed, unafraid visual expressions brings a deep connection between the viewer and his works. He currently volunteers at Faces Up Uganda, a talent development organization to pass on his experience and skills to the next generation of artists. He has been able to preach his message of black power, hope, love, faith, and Unity for many young people who need inspiration.
Makano believes that society speaks and it's his responsibility to respond. He chooses to speak through Art because it's the only way he understands the world. Whenever he reads words or writes words, he sees images. He believes everything can be expressed by words depending on how we use them. All his artworks are created by writing his thoughts in different languages (English, French, and Swahili). He believes everybody writes and when we write we have images we're holding in our minds. For him, he doesn't only write but he goes further and represents those images, those thoughts while writing. He writes those thoughts, he paints and writes at the same time.
The readability of his words disappears and vanishes with layers of thousand words written over each other. He believes words become more meaningful, more powerful, and deeper in their absence than in their presence. His personal experiences act as a point of departure for his visual expressions, a language that interrogates 2 prose, life and death. All pieces are officially untitled, he gives the viewer the opportunity to deeply connect and see themselves in the artwork then give it their own title according to how the artwork speaks to them.The honesty portrayed in his works give the viewer the choice to love him or hate him.
In 2021, Makano won the Positive Memories art contest organized by Faces Up Uganda with support from African Culture Fund, Mali. He is being showcased and represented by Faces Up Uganda, ShowRoom, and Undugu Art Gallery, Entebbe
- Ebirungi, 2022 at Latitude 0 degrees hotel, Kampala
- Mirrors 2022, a virtual solo show on www.facesup.org/mirrors
- Positive Memories 2020 at Motiv, Bugolobi, Uganda – a group exhibition