Visual artist on social issues, teaching young artists | New times



TONY BAKUBITIA, the founder of KAGAMAN Studio, is motivated to make an impact on society by raising awareness about using art and training young artists to create better works of art.

During their training, he said, he first looks at the level at which artists are at and sees if the passion shows through their drawings before starting to teach them the basics of drawing, whatever their education in art schools because he believes that art can relearn as many times as possible.

The self-taught visual artist grew up watching Japanese animations such as Dragon Ball and Naruto, and loved to read comics.

They inspired him from an early age as he was an introverted child who spent his days drawing in his bedroom.

In 2013, while in high school, he set himself the goal of making a living from the art for a living. He said he continues to learn every day and hour, adding that his skills are the result of long hours of hard work and many sacrifices.

“I only live on my art. I can say that my being is made up of only two things; God and art, ”he said.

“One of the things I always focus on when working is how to communicate a message as effectively as possible through facial expression, body pose, color and composition. In a way, I am a storyteller who enjoys communicating through panels and pages.

Bakubitia has worked on numerous projects locally and abroad and has illustrated a number of children’s books and comics as well as illustrations.

His popular works are comics like SDGs comic in collaboration with Shabani Bizimana for FES Rwanda (The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) and Ndabaga Concept Art as well as children’s book and animation video Ngunda.

According to him, the visual industry in Rwanda is growing rapidly with more and more young visual artists, although he believes that there is still a lot to work, improve and create.

His biggest challenge is that he strives to do many works at the same time, which becomes difficult, even though he feels he can do more to help and create a positive impact in the community.

He plans to create more fictional characters who can make an impact on society when it comes to environmental and social issues people face because he believes fiction is a great tool to improve people’s lives.

For more information, you can email me at [email protected] or call +250781485391 or Instagram at Tony Bakatubia.

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