Kigali, as usual, offers a myriad of art distractions but right now is the titillating exhibition dubbed “Ses Jolies Pieces” by Kezio-Musoke David taking place at the premises of ‘Creative Eye’ an advertising agency in Remera.
Many of the paintings have attention to detail, and with vivid oils canvas. The drawings demonstrate the artist’s skill and high standards to great effect.
‘Ses Jolies Pieces’ is the first edition of a series of exhibitions that are intended to showcase his annual collections of art pieces.
Kezio, a self-trained artist, has been working with oil colours ever since 2003. He has never held an exhibition before and the closest he has come to a public display of his work is when he featured in the style magazine called ‘African Woman’ in 2005 and on a blog of art critic Claudia Gampetti.
The exhibition which runs for three weeks from November 25, features 30 art pieces shared by one technique called ‘Impasto’. The most expensive of his art pieces has a $1000 price tag.
His style is inspired by the Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ an art piece that has risen to the peak of artistic achievements.
Kezio describes his work as figurative and less abstract: “All artists have some kind of name for their styles. Personally I can’t really say much of my style, I leave that to experts.”
“All I know is that anyone including a 4-year old … can make sense out of my drawings. They are just a luxurious detail of oils rich paintings,” he noted.
“This is the first solo exhibition I have held and next year I intend to hold ‘Ses Joilies Pieces II’. Who knows I could be a little ambitious and feature an already established Rwandan artist, or even invite a guest artist from the region,” he added.
Kezio is also a journalist and plays consultant in the world of public relations. Asked if he could give up journalism for art he said: “I wouldn’t give up anything for journalism. Journalism runs through my blood. Lets just say I am spending a little more time re-inventing myself as a creative person.”