Bio

Olivier Mbabazi (b.1996) is a Rwandan visual artist, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, producer, and educator. He is currently residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam and Squamish Nations, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Oliver studied sculpture, ceramic, and music at Ecole d'arts de Nyundo in Rwanda, stone sculpture at Kunst Gymnasium in Germany, marketing management at the University of Chicago, and graduated from Sewanee The University of the South in United States with a double major in Fine Arts and French. He is doing a MFA in fine art at the University of British Columbia. He is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Beckeen Scholar, 213-A Leader, and former member of the Interfaith Advisory Board. His works have been exhibited in Canada, Germany, Rwanda, and the United States of America. 

Statement

Drawing from personal and collective experiences and narratives, Olivier Mbabazi's work examines intersections and collisions between memory, culture, and identity.

Exhibitions

Anamnesis  

University Art Gallery, Sewanee, TN, USA, 2022

Collective Show 

Runonko, Senior Honors Exhibition

Edward Carlos Art Gallery, Sewanee, TN, USA,  2022

Solo Show 

The Cross

Sewanee, TN, USA, 2021

Collective Exhibition

Madness

Artisan Depot Gallery, Cowan, TN, 2020

Collective Exhibition

Through The Artist's perspective

Jesse Ball Dupont Library, Sewanee, TN, 2019

Solo Exhibition

Christmas Bazaar

United States of America Embassy, Kigali, Rwanda 2017 Collective exhibition

Umurunga Arts Exhibit

Hotel Ibis, Huye, Rwanda 2016

Collective exhibition

My Democracy

United States Ambassador's Residence, Kigali, Rwanda 2015

Collective exhibition

Imago Mundi 

Masaka, Kigali, Rwanda 2014 

Collective exhibition

Jua Kali 

Kigali, Rwanda 2014 

Collective exhibition

Stone sculpture

Kunst Gymnasium, Alzey, Germany 2014 

Collective exhibition