How Two Self Taught Painter Brothers Changed The Art Of Painting In Kigali

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Founded by a pair of self-taught painter brothers, Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza on a mission to “tap the untapped potential of art in Rwanda,” the Inema Arts Center has become the place to see contemporary art in the heart of Kigali since its founding in 2012.

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The building’s exteriors are decked out in colorful murals that make it impossible to miss.

A residential structure for ten artists sits at the back of the building. During the day you can visit to watch them work, and, if you’re lucky, you may even be able to watch a superb painting come alive before your eyes.

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You’ll also have a chance to view the fantastic gallery displaying canvas masterpieces.

You may also witness modern takes on traditional African crafts, abstract and expressive portraits, mixed-media works depicting scenes of African life, and some of the best artwork in Rwanda, depending on which mix of artists are on display during your visit.

Tourists are not demanded to make a purchase, but should you wish to take something home, the center can help arrange shipping.

In addition to visual art, the Inema Arts Center also hosts weekly dance performances, art-inspired yoga classes, gallery tours, workshops, and concerts. Through this, the Inema Arts Center provides a space to fuel creative expression.

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