Denis Mubiru

'In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society’s standards and norms because they do not define me. My works represent my character and lifestyle.'



Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, Denis, a graduate of Nkumba University, intertwines his vivacious, almost garish use of colours with raw brushstrokes to convey the overwhelming chaos of life. He is an explorer of contemporary Africa: his visual texts spark dialogue about what it truly means to be here. Chaotic, raw, and colourful, Denis’s style encapsulates a gritty examination of contemporary urban African issues: economic inequality, human rights, social stratification, the environment, and evolving personal relationships.
Denis’ interest in transportation, both physical and psychological, is evident in his art, creating works dedicated to Kampala’s Matatu (motorbike taxi) culture. His imagery of transit, the vehicles, the luggage, the people, the movement, is all indicative of our need to constantly be in motion, a state that he ascribes to contemporary Africa in particular. Denis has participated in numerous exhibitions in Uganda, other countries in Africa, and abroad.
His recent exhibitions include:
- 2020/2021, East Meets East at The New Gallery Artist Studio, Jerusalem, Israel
- 2020, Introspective Art of Contemporary Arica at The Melrose gallery space, Kampala, Uganda
- 2016, Paths, Faces and Places at Underground Art Space, Kampala, Uganda


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