A free exhibition showcasing the journey of Inema Arts Center was the highlight of the day as the renowned art centre marked its third anniversary on Saturday.
People from all walks of life were visibly mesmerised by the paintings on display with price tags ranging from $150 (Rwf105,00) to $2000 (Rwf 1.4m).
Speaking passionately about their short but long journey, Emmanuel Nkuranga - one of the founders, said that they started the gallery in November 2012 with an aim of having creativity with a purpose. “Besides creating employment opportunities, we want to use art as Rwanda’s treasure. We have to put a new face of creativity to the country’s art,” he said.
In an interview with The New Times, Nkuranga said that their journey has not been easy, in a country where fewer people appreciate the beauty of art. He added that selling art ideas to would-be partners is too challenging. “You have to diligently convince someone how art is beautiful, how it touches souls, how it communicates in a unique manner…”
He said they are always motivated when people appreciate their work. “Sometimes you have to keep moving on because of the love and appreciation that comes with what you do.”
He mentions the Washington monument and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as works of art that have become internationally recognised tourist attractions. “Why not have such in Rwanda through promoting art?” he asks.