Kizito Joan Nanfuka

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Kizito Joan Nanfuka

MFA in Studio Art
2017

Kizito Joan Nanfuka is an African artist born in Uganda (1992) and graduated from the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art Makerere University in Kampala with a BA degree in Art and won an MFA scholarship to Burren college of Art in 2015. She was mentored by a Ugandan artist Maria Naita during a 2 month residency in Kampala. She has worked as a graphic designer in Kampala, Uganda for two years and also exhibited her work in student exhibitions at Makerere University and Burren College of Art. Her mixed media paintings focus on aspects of colour interaction, mark making and abstract expressive qualities. These works show emotions derived from things that inspire her including twelfth century Abstract Expressionism art, pre-historical rock art in Uganda (Nyero rock paintings) and the nature of the Burren. Her work is created after making various small drawings on paper using ink, graphite pencils and pen. These drawings are then enlarged into paintings with oil and acrylic paint. She then adds various found objects like buttons, African textile fabrics and threads to represent her love of fashion and textile design. Nanfuka also makes mixed media sculptures that are inspired by the environment.