Artist Bio

Xenson (Samson Ssenkaaba) is a multi-media artist who interrogates contemporary issues through a synergy of; installations, videos, performance, poetry, fashion and paintings. He is a multi-talented creator of the unconventional with extraordinary imagination and unfound creativity greatly influenced by the grandeur of African arts, African cultures, vitality of African dance and Hip-Hop as a free expressive art form. He is at the vanguard of a youthful art renaissance that refuses to be pigeonholed into a singular artistic expression.

Whether hand painting clothes for his Art for Wear fashion label “XENSON”’ piercing live graffiti performances and back chops co-directing music videos and Hip-Hop shows or reciting his poetry, Ssenkaaba lives up to his motto, “creativity is limitless”.

Xenson’s work explores the concepts of identity and global circulation of culture against the contextual background of pre and postcolonial history. The resulting visual narrative is a reflection of the complexity of contemporary culture and preservation of memory.

A solitary dreamer greatly influenced by the grandeur of African culture, vitality of African dance and Hip Hop as a free expressive Art form. Xenson traded his engineering studies to join Makerere Trowell School of industrial and fine art where he graduated with first class honors degree. Since then intermittent appearances of his Art works, performances installations and fashions have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Uganda and abroad.

He has participated in workshops, residences and exhibitions including: Kabbo ka Muwala (Zimbabwe, Uganda, German 2016), Johannesburg Art fair (South Africa 2015), KLAART 2014(Uganda). The Lubare and the boat, Deveron Arts ( Scotland 2014), Institute Buena Bista(Curacao 2014), Future of Africa summit ( Paris, France) , Africa now: Fashioning person hood, Minneapolis Institute of Art ( USA 2014), Artist in Residence( 32 Degrees East / Uganda Arts Trust, Kampala 2013) KLAART 2012 ( Kampala, Uganda 2012), World Cultural Forum ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016)

He is a well collected artist in Germany, Scotland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France, USA, and Canada. His works are many private and public collections including the Scottish Museum.

Artworks
Recent ExhibitionsLinks / PressVideo
Kabbo ka Muwala (Zimbabwe, Uganda, German 2016),
Johannesburg Art fair (South Africa 2015),
KLAART 2014(Uganda).
The Lubare and the boat, Deveron Arts ( Scotland 2014),
Institute Buena Bista(Curacao 2014),
Future of Africa summit ( Paris, France) ,
Africa now: Fashioning person hood, Minneapolis Institute of Art ( USA 2014),
Artist in Residence( 32 Degrees East / Uganda Arts Trust, Kampala 2013)
KLAART 2012 ( Kampala, Uganda 2012),
World Cultural Forum ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016)
The X Factor: Artist Xenson is making waves in Africa – Xenson is a multimedia artist, designer and poet from Uganda with big dreams and even bigger talent. Source: CNN