High Artist Spotlight: Elie Hatangimana

Elie Hatungimana is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in 1998. He was raised and currently resides in Rwanda. Elie pursued his education in graphic arts at the Nyundo School of Arts, from which he graduated.

His artwork primarily explores contemporary socialism and delves into narrative art stories that engage with daily life themes. Elie's paintings focus on transforming ordinary and abstract spaces into worlds that leave a lasting impression. For him, art serves as an extension of the self, transcending mere aesthetics. He believes that a picture is more than just a piece of art; it's a powerful tool that can be applied to various aspects of life and diverse situations.



We recently caught up with Elie after High Art 2023 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

From music and adventure.

Why do you do what you do?

To get myself in a free, wide world.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

René Magritte.

What themes do you pursue the most?

Music, love, and praying.

What role does an artist have in society?

To bring emotions and feelings into life as well as to motivate and inspire others.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Art is in constant motion, always moving, always changing.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To believe in themselves.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Artist: Alec Benjamin - "Let Me Down" Artist: Ayanda Jiya - "Lover 4 Life"

What's the best thing about being an artist?

Being self-independent.

What is your dream project?

To make my art loud globally on behalf of my country.

Support Elie by shopping his collection here.