Nkuranga's solo exhibition lived up to its billing

It was a beehive of activity at Inema Arts Centre as Emmanuel Nkuranga gave a sneak preview of his 2015 collection in a solo exhibition titled, "Creativity Rising", last Saturday.
Nkuranga, left, shares a light moment with his brother Innocent Nkurunziza, and a visitor at Inema Arts Centre, Kacyiru. (Joseph Oindo)
Nkuranga, left, shares a light moment with his brother Innocent Nkurunziza, and a visitor at Inema Arts Centre, Kacyiru. (Joseph Oindo)

It was a beehive of activity at Inema Arts Centre as Emmanuel Nkuranga gave a sneak preview of his 2015 collection in a solo exhibition titled, “Creativity Rising”, last Saturday.

The Kacyiru based arts centre was founded in 2012 by brothers and self-taught painters Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza.

His exhibition comes two weeks after Inema held another exhibition at Heaven Restaurant in Kiyovu to blend art, music and cuisine.

It was a successful event that did not disappoint, as hundreds of art enthusiasts were treated to attractive abstract and semi-abstract artwork by Nkuranga, who has established a reputation as one of the most creative and successful artists in the country.

Nkuranga said among the goals of Inema is to conserve the environment through using discarded material to create gorgeous art pieces, which, ultimately, will teach other people the value of environmental conservation.

The main attraction during the event was a vintage Volkswagen car that Nkuranga managed to give a new breath of life by painting its body in different abstract colours.

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Nkuranga and the Volkswagen scrap he transformed into a beauty through colours. (Joseph Oindo)

The car, displayed on the floor of the main room of the arts centre, left many people who attended the exhibition hypnotised by its sheer beauty.

Emmanuel Tutu, an artist, said he was mesmerised by how Nkuranga had managed to turn the contraption into magnificent splendour.

“This is beyond my imagination. I’ve learned today that Inema usually has some hidden unique pieces that they are just waiting to unleash to the public,” said Tutu.

The centre was a beehive of activities as excited art lovers gazed at the attractive paintings that were hung on the walls inside the arts centre.

Dan Klinak, an expatriate from Canada, said had been in the country for five years and he has seen the exponential growth that Rwanda’s art industry had undergone.

“I’ve a collection of several pieces of Nkuranga’s artwork because he’s a person who dedicates his efforts in creating what clients want,” he said.

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