Ronex’ visual journey mainly entails studio research in a quest to discover his own capabilities, strength and doubts by tapping into the magic of the subconscious.
He is always driven by one question: “What if?” He says to thrive on questions like: “What if I did this and that. What would be the outcome?” It’s a joy in itself as one gets surprised by the process and reversal of known truths.
Ronex believes that expressing oneself creatively in whatever form isn’t a straight line or shouldn’t be limited by style, medium, rules and norms. In his view, creativity has no boundaries except those delimited by time and matter; one’s physical capacity for work in a quantifiable period of time-space. His desire has always been to create works that curiously blend in the fashion of the legendary double-edged sword: sophistication meeting naivety, chaos meeting order, beauty meeting ugliness, aesthetics meeting free expression and so on.
My art works have come to definitively embody my joy, frustration, inspiration and my perception into tangible objects.
In short my life’s journey as an artist (if I deserve to be called so) has become a self-portrait with symbols or forms that might echo that or otherwise.
Furthermore, his work seeks to explain and attempts to answer questions about methods and materials and the effects of texture on one’s perception.
The artworks include paintings, sculptures, woodcut prints, digital art and photography, furniture and mixed media installations.
Ronex uses a wide range of materials including: wood, bark cloth, paper, filler paste, glues and raisins, oil, outdoor paints, fiber glass, banana fibers, sand, oxides, aluminum, zinc, bronze, sisal, recycled steel and cloth.
2016 Perception Or Reality at Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2015 Introducing Ronex Bags at Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2015 Sleepless Nights, at Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2014 Circles Triangles Squares Rectangles, Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2013 Art In Open Office, KFW Offices, Kampala
2013 Inspired By The Archive, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, German
2012 Order In Chaos, Nafasi Art Gallery, Tanzania
2012 Ten Years Of Creating Or Wolokoso in 4 Art Spaces in Kampala:
Afriart Gallery, Mishmash, Makerere Art Gallery/IHCR, Fasfas Art Room
2011 Ronex Isms, Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2011 Ronex Vs Ronex Afriart Gallery, Kampala
2009 Order Or Chaos, Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala
2004-2008 Annual Solo Exhibition, Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala
2004 Solo In Aid Of Acid Survivors, Sheraton Hotel, Kampala
2003 Gone Solo At Ugandan German Cultural Society, Kampala
2002 Artist Of The Month Exhibition, National Theater, Kampala
Kampala Contemporary Art Festival: Setting new trends in art exhibitions by Elizabeth Namakula, in Start, November 2012.
Nudity? It is Artistic Expression and Free Speech (part I) by Angelo Kakande, in Start, November 2012.
Ronex celebrating his 10 years: New faces + new direction by Serubiri Moses, in Start, Aug 2012.
Ahimbisibwe makes a decade in art by John Vianney Nsimbe, in The Observer, 05 July 2012.
Ronex, L’Uomo Vogue, May-June 2012. http://www.vogue.it/en/uomo-vogue/people/2012/05/ronex
The Twentyfour-Seven Artist: An interview with Ronex Ahimbisbwe by Thomas Bjørnskau, Start, July 2011.
Art: Crime can make for good art by John Nsimbe, in The Observer, 20 April 2011
Ronex Ahimbisibwe: “It’s the hardliners who survive” by Douglas Gorney, convozine, Mar 9, 2011.
Ugandan artists: meet Ronex Ahimbisibwe by Jane Musoke Nteyafas, UG pulse, April 8, 2006.