Mathias Tusiime has become a familiar face all over Uganda following an outpouring of media attention to his work in print, On TV and in the galleries. Following his successful Kololo exhibition in April, he was featured in a two-page spread in the first issue of BLACK FLAVOR, a new glossy “lifestyle” magazine published by Uganda Broadcast Corporation. Later, he was interviewed on the UBC TV show Uganda Today and an exhibition of his work opened at Alliance Francais gallery in Kampala October 18. Alliance Francais published a full color brochure for the exhibition.
Tusiime is a self taught-artist who works as a grounds-keeper at Makerere university.. He has struggled over the last 10 years to win attention from critics and the public. But his unique art which combines traditional and modern motifs is now winning widespread recognition. Not least, by his use of hand crafted papers made from recycled materials, he is recognized as one of the most ecologically conscious artists working in Uganda today.