Paulo Akiiki

(Kitonozi, Uganda, 1972)

"Akiiki´s subject matter, techniques, themes and forms are largely influenced by his physical surroundings, his people´s traditions and worldviews."

Paulo Akiiki comes from a village in the Masindi-district of Bunyoro, one of the largest traditional kingdoms of Uganda in East Africa. Traditionally, the Banyoro people are cattle keepers and farmers -- down-to-earth, but musical, creative and dignified. Paulo spent most of his youth in his native countryside: a vast area marked by varying bright, dry or lush green plains with dazzling sunlight and spectacular views on huge, shining lakes, light purplish blue skies, hazy hills and dark mountain ranges in the far distance. Akiiki´s subject matter, techniques, themes and forms are largely influenced by his physical surroundings, his people´s traditions and worldviews and his personal observations concerning the changing roles of women in modern African society. His elon-gated and schematic female figures, for example, are rather similar to traditional sculptures, but Akiiki´s heads deviate radically. They are often represented by a small volume.

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