The figurative artist and photographer Ocom Adonias, was born in Kireka in 1989. As his first tutors, his father and elder brother introduced him into the world of arts and greatly inspired him. His love for sculpture and painting evolved in Namilyango College and was heightened at St. Henry’s College Kitovu. In 2013 he graduated from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University as a watercolour major. The education at Makerere University greatly influenced him as he learnt about the art and language movement of great artists such as George Kyeyune and Taga Nuwagaba.
Currently painting from Karewu Art Studio, he is working majorly in oils, watercolour and some other medium such as acrylics. His work engages in the realistic presentation of the lives of the common man and his heritage. The underlying intention is to tell stories about his experiences and the lives of people that he has met. His interest in the common man has led to current artistic research about his heritage and to the founding of his latest painting series “Save Karamoja,” a project which is aiming to create a positive image of Karamoja and conserving the heritage. About his artistic base, Ocom says, “My work is a journey of exploration in which other travelers are essential “an art of healing.”
In 2018, he had a solo exhibition at Afriart Gallery titled, “who is your saint” which challenged the normal view of sainthood as a pious person. “You don’t have to be holy, dead or religious to be a saint” He portrayed saints as everyday people in the day to day urban life i.e the rolex guy, the street vendors, boda boda guys, e.t.c. He used charcoal and wash on newspaper collage as a medium to perfectly convey the message of saints being everyday people since charcoal and newspapers are used daily in the day to day life.
Ocom has worked as a photographer too before he decided to concentrate on his painting career. He has participated in third CSO exhibition at Hotel African after his graduation. In 2014 he participated in the Sadolin Mabati Art Challenge and emerged a winner for which he was awarded an exhibition in the Uganda Museum. He also participated in KLAART 2014 where twenty young artists where chosen to do an artwork on Uganda’s commonest means of transport the BodaBoda for which he engaged the Karamojong street beggars in a performance and was highly applauded for this by Uganda leading Magazines like the Independent Magazine. He wrapped up last year with a group Christmas exhibition at Makerere Art Gallery. He is also proud to have his work grace the cover of Uganda’s Arts Diary 2015. His work can be seen in Afriart Gallery.