Timothy Akamanzi was born in Namutamba, Uganda and moved to Kigali, Rwanda in 1998 where he was raised. The fifth-born in a family of six siblings who all eventually found their way towards art, Timothy’s introduction to the field was as a salesman at lnema, an art centre and gallery founded and operated by his elder brothers. This exposure led Timothy to discover and hone his own skills and eventually saw him become an artist in residence at the gallery.
Naturally drawn to the dramatic topography of the _Land of a Thousand Hills_ with its imposing volcanoes, gleaming lakes and meandering rivers, Timothy’s art faithfully communicates his fascination with the iconic beauty of his homeland. His travels are also integral to his process as evidenced by his recent pieces that are just as likely to reflect the stark and hauntingly beautiful topography of Scandinavia as they are to celebrate lush, tropical Rwanda.
While commonly said to resemble aerial landscapes, Timothy’s pieces convey the wide-ranging emotions we all go through in our day-to-day lives. In turn, like the Rorschach’s tests to which they have also been compared, this art is designed elicit a multitude of interpretations, all of which the artist is always keen to discover. A mixed media artist, Timothy chiefly employs acrylic and metallic paints, making use of complex layering and hallmarked by intense, liberal use of colour and a high degree of experimentation - particularly with with texture- that the artist deems central to his growth.
In 2016, Timothy was hosted by the Swedish government in the cities of Stockholm, Arvisdjaur and Lurea to showcase and to demonstrate the therapeutic properties of art for refugees in Sweden. He later once again represented Rwanda in a creative force project supported by the Swedish Institute. More recently, Timothy has led workshops on ceramic painting at the Clay Room in Brookline, Massachusetts .
Timothy lives in Kigali surrounded by the breathtaking hills and valleys of sunny Rwanda but continues to explore the fjords and glaciers of the world.More