Some of you will probably remember the art sculpture made of used plastic bottles, in Ugandan-German colours at the LaBa!Street Art Festival 2011, but would not remember the creator’s name: Bruno Ruganzu.
Bruno is an artist who loves to experiment with different materials, shapes and structures. He is inspired by his environment, people he spends time with and by Uganda itself.
Bruno was born in the South-West of Uganda in Kabale, which is famous for its gorilla tourism. This was his inspiration to draw paintings of gorillas, trucks and game animals and sell them at camp sites and on the road side. He calls it “art of survival” because he wasn’t creating by himself. “The environment dictated what I was creating.” Bruno Ruganzu is a person who is connected to his origin and who is well-known in his community. He held trainings, workshops, community projects and was the leader of women groups.
After the death of his mother in 2000, he moved to Kisoro to a friend’s house. Two years later he joined the National Teacher College (NTC) in Kabale and got a scholarship because of his excellent marks in art. In 2004 he graduated with a diploma and got one of four governmental scholarships.
At the age of 22 he came to Kampala to study at the Kyambogo University. During his studies he grew with his talent and started practicing Streetart, going to exhibitions and meeting many other artistic people.