How an artist ventured into visual art and tattooing | New times


OREISON BANA, also known as BlueFacial, has found its way into the visual arts and tattooing and is driven to elevate its art to a world class level.

The 21-year-old artist realized he had a talent for drawing in 2009 when he was in 2nd grade, after a moment when his teacher instructed him to draw a few drawings on board to help his children. comrades to redraw them.

He also learned from his father who used to draw different diagrams for the purpose of educating his students and hanging them in his classroom. Bana revealed that he was next to him observing everything that later prompted him to start drawing cartoons, simple comics, and making houses and cars out of paper.

The artist tattooing one of his clients

In 2017, while in Senior 4, Bana started drawing for money, earning simple drawings that he made and sold. In 2020, he met an artist called Uwezo who taught him more about art – showing him how he could elevate his art to a better level.

“Since then,” Bana recounts, “I started painting and drawing with pencils where I was able to do pencil and painted portraits for sale and people gave me jobs to create those kinds of things. works of art for them.

Bana doesn’t just do portraits; he also does tattoos, an art he learned from a guy who does tattoos after asking him how it’s done and getting some help.

“He came to the house to tattoo a person. I was there to observe and did not have to observe for the second time. What I did was buy my own machine and start the process of getting tattoos. I knew I had to be careful because this time I wasn’t dealing with papers or boards; I took care of people’s skin, ”he said.

Oreison Bana

“First I had to do some research on how I could do the job in a safe way that wouldn’t harm my clients. After doing some research I was able and ready so I started to get tattoos.

Bana said he had read books on art and was mainly inspired by Leonardo da Vinci whose works made him love art more and drew him to portray his ideas through drawings. and express their feelings and thoughts.

He loves art because when he draws he feels relaxed, adding that specifically visual art makes a place beautiful and decorated – not to mention that he also helped him earn money to support himself. to his needs and nurtured his critical thinking and open-mindedness.

One of his popular works of art “Brain Jail” shows how people limit themselves by putting their minds in prison.

Since he started making art, Bana has been recognized among established artists, improved his art, and exhibited some of his works in studios, galleries and homes.

He faced many challenges, including affordability of tools, which remains an issue, and the fact that he couldn’t afford an art school, stating that schools that teach art are few in Rwanda and a small number of artists can afford it, adding that some students are directed to schools they do not prefer and careers they did not choose which he highlights as a challenge.

Nonetheless, he plans to take his art to the highest level and have his own art house which he believes will include all kinds of arts.

It can be found on Facebook: OREI Son Blue, Instagram: @oreison_blue or by phone: +250781928210

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