ARTIST: PAUL NDEMA//
(b.1979) LIVES AND WORKS IN KAMPALA
Paul Ndema’s recent paintings are characterized by his satirical interpretations of Christianity in Uganda. His work highlights how Western ideologies have caused a rift in our conditioned minds; a nun drinking alcohol whilst gambling with priests forces us to question the authenticity of any moral order.
Ndema’s subjects, with their signature halos, are cast against backgrounds of colourful geometric symbolism patterned with undertones of irony. The simple compositions addressing complex contradiction becomes a kind of syncretism, a way of coping with accelerating change in our daily lives as modernity cracks through the past and splinters into colour.
Paul Ndema was born in Mbarara, the Western region of Uganda. He studied at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University graduating in 2002 with Bachelors in Fine Arts.
Ndema’s recent group exhibitions include: Kampala Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2016) and East African Encounters Exhibition, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2014). He has also shown at Cape Town Art Fair (2016, 2015), AKAA Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Paris (2016), 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2016) and Kampala Art Biennale (2014). He has participated in Circle Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, Nairobi (2015, 2014).