High Artist Spotlight: Romeo Niyigena

Romeo NIYIGENA (B. 1999 Kigali/Rwanda),is a multidisciplinary artist based in Kigali, Rwanda. He discovered his love for art at an early age back in elementary. However the artist’s strong desire to further his education in an art school motivated him to continue studying to become a graphic designer. In 2016 he entered the Ecole d’arts de NYUNDO and graduate in 2018. His mediums include oils and acrylics with collage of newspapers on canvas. Diversity in the world has been his biggest inspiration and with the help of the internet, He got to discover a lot of different cultures around globe especially in Africa. Every art he creates goes with a poetic expression and has a unique story or meaning behind it.
We recently caught up with Winnie after High Art 2023 to learn more about her most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

From social life.

Why do you do what you do?

I found it's my vocation, I love it as a role of life, and it's my daily life job.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

I identify art as the natural way of living, tradition, and culture.

What themes do you pursue the most?

Different themes of our daily life, but I am focused on the human body and life in general.

What role does an artist have in society?

In our modern society, art is a universal way for communication, education, and development.

What is your artistic outlook on life?


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Follow his heart and thoughts of creativity; don't mind what people say.

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

Reggae always; Bob Marley: "Running Away"; Lucky Dube: "Different Colors."

What's the best thing about being an artist?

You see many situations in perspective differently from others, especially when you are creative and think out of the box.

What is your dream project?

Because of my local community, I want to support myself with an art center that can help many young talented artists to show and improve their talents.

Support Romeo by shopping his collection here.