Morris Munyanah, a local upcoming realist painter is exhibiting his “My Black and Grey Pages”, at Kigali International Airport.
It is his debut solo exhibition, and on display are 43 paintings with nature and cultural themes. He is member of the ISOKO Rwandan Artists Association.
Munyanah has been in the trade since 2004. He says that at that time painting was a mere hobby however, at 26 years old, he takes painting seriously.
“I had a faint view of art in my life so, I decided to call my exhibition ‘My White and Grey Pages’ because I hope that as a young professional painter, I am still discovering what my exact colour and style is,” he said.
Munyanah said that in art, grey and white are colours that are not exactly vivid, they are hue, faint and that is the art journey that he has taken.
“This solo exhibition has enabled me to discover who I am in art,” Munyanah said.
Running though February, his paintings are located at the airport’s transit lounge mainly targeting travelers.
“There are many people who want to look at the paintings, but are hindered by the security at the airport. Travelers are a good bunch of people but they can either buy or you will not see them again. All you can do wait and see if they will contact you afterwards,” he said.
Munyanah paints using mixed media and acrylics on canvas. He is also part of Ivuka Art Studio which comprises of young Rwandan painters who are spreading a message of peace, love and culture through Rwandan art.
Even though he completed a course in Procurement and Logistics Management at Kyambogo University in Uganda, Munyanah has chosen a career in art which he loves and enjoys doing.
“I believe that I speak better with art. Everyday life inspires me, the hard times, the good times, and if one of my paintings changes someone’s perception of life, it gives me more reason to paint,” he said.
“Art is part of me, I paint to change a life or two and I love what I do.”