Fisher University Union
Caroline A. Cropp
Media Relations Specialist/editor
The UNCW Ann Flack Boseman Gallery presents Innocent Nkurunziza: Rwanda Shares Sept. 20 through Oct. 25. The exhibition formally opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 in the gallery located on the 2nd floor of the
Fisher University Union.
Through his choices of mixed media, Nkurunziza uses vibrant colors and an abstract impressionist style to explore "Mother Rwanda,"?the country as both place and parent. His experience with blending colors and shading creates a sense of movement while capturing symbolic moments from what he observes on his journey as an artist. He states, "The dynamic rhythm of nature, people, colors and texture within my world are the basis from which my art is derived."
Nkurunziza actively spreads his love of art and his vision of the national identity to others in his work with projects like Ivuka Arts where budding artists can find mentors and impoverished children can find, as the collective's website says, "hope and educational opportunities." With pieces titled "Fellowship" and "Equality," the works of Innocent Nkurunziza embody ideas rather than just images, ideas that UNC Wilmington is carrying into the classroom with several class visits by the artist. The communal nature of his art expands as it is placed in tandem with the work of local student artists.