Paul Ndema (Ugandan, b. 1979)
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Paul Ndema has been a practicing artist for almost two decades and is amongst Uganda’s foremost contemporary painters. Born in Mbarara, in the Western region of Uganda, he studied at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art at Makerere University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors degree Fine Arts. Recent exhibitions include Kampala Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2016) and East African Encounters, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2014). He has also shown at the Cape Town Art Fair (2016, 2015), 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2016) and the Kampala Art Biennale (2014).
Paul Ndema is renowned in Kampala for his distinctive paintings. His work is instantly recognisable for its use of portraiture and the irreverent subject matter. Subjects include politics, religion, cultural identity, sexuality and history within Uganda and, perhaps, the context of a greater global African society. His work exists between subtle satire and tongue-in-cheek commentary. Ndema draws no conclusions in his work. Instead, he poses questions, achieving this through a wicked sense of humor, and sensitivity to the nuances of society, past and present, matched with a high level of technical skill.