Daudi Karungi

Since he arrived on the Ugandan art scene in 2001, Daudi has become one of Kampala's premier artists. His work is collected widely by art aficionados in Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States, to name a few, and it hangs in embassies, companies and five-star hotels around Kampala.

Recently, Daudi has been at the forefront of a new movement to promote Ugandan art inside and outside the country. This year, he co-founded START, a journal of arts and culture criticism that is the first ever publication of its kind in Uganda. His a founding member of the Kampala Arts Trust, a coalition of artists and art appreciators in the country and elsewhere who are working toward the dream of establishing a modern art museum in the country. It will facilitate research, exchange programs and training as well as offering a state-of-the-art exhibition space for local works.

Born in Kampala, Daudi holds a Bachelor's degree from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University. Afriart Gallery, which he opened in 2002, is now one of Uganda's leading galleries. It remains devoted to developing and promoting homegrown visual artistic talent and in recent years has hosted readings by local fiction writers and other events that promote the work of Ugandans working in the creative arts. Daudi is involved in a number of innovative cross-media collaborations, such as a project using original illustrations to promote reading among secondary school students and paint the music project a collaboration between music and art (www.paintthemusic.com)


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