Mathias Muwonge Kyazze | Master of Glass ArtHow did you go about becoming an artist?
I was always interested in drawing geography maps and science drawings at primary school. At home, I was involved in mat weaving and basket making. I started formal art classes in Senior One. Senyondwa Deus was then my best friend. He is now a lecturer at Kyambogo University. He inspired and encouraged me because he was a better drawer. I studied art through high school to attaining a Masters degree. I am still practicing, and becoming more of an artist.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two major stained-glass design projects. One at St. Charles Lwanga Church in Ntinda near UNEB, and another at St. Joseph’s Church, Nansana.
Where do you see your art practice in the next five years?
It is difficult to predict because it depends so much on the design commissions I receive. I the meantime, I am thinking of developing more into an art and design consultancy.
Can you tell me about an artist whose life/work you really like?
Prof. G Kyeyune’s paintings and sculptures inspire me a lot. So do (Mary) Naita’s.
What would you say in a short text message to an aspiring artist?
Getting to know what other artists have done, and written about in art and related disciplines, is key to shaping one’s art practice.
Mathias Muwonge Kyazze can be reached at +256 777 912 122