Born in 1954 in Butare, Rwanda, Epaphrodite Binamungu, aka Epa, is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Kigali. In 2002, he created the Inganzo Arts Gallery, which became a center for art, in 2014. He is the president of the group Action and Artistic Practice for Cultural Education, which aims to promote art in Rwanda.
Oscillating between realism and abstraction, Epaphrodite Binamungu’s work is characterized by a colorful palette and a use of texture. He even incorporates minerals and plants that he picks up from his surrounding natural environment. Scenes from local daily life and group gatherings are his main sources of inspiration.
In 1973, he presented his first solo exhibit in the Congo, where he was exiled from childhood until 1994. He has had numerous exhibitions in Africa, Europe, the United States and China, and most notably at Expo 2000 in Hanover, and Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Several of Epaphrodite Binamungu’s works feature in the public collections of Rwanda, including the Gisozi and Murambi memorials, in the Institute of National Museums, as well as in several banks and ministries.
Soleil pour tous, 2015,
Acrylic on canvas,
120 x 120 cm,