Iirumva Isaac

Iirumva Isaac is a Rwandan contemporary artist. He defines his art as Twenty First century contemporary, influenced by global culture and people’s relationship. His art is a dynamic combination of his perspectives and societal collectives; such as cultural dialogues, identities, characters and memories.

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What did you want to be when you were growing up? And when did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
Honestly growing up I didn’t have any clear idea of what I’d be. But since childhood I really loved to draw as any child, and with time I ended up finding myself drawing too much. In 2013 I joined a local gallery in Rwanda called Yego Art due to my classmate who invited me there, because he loved to draw too. So since then I've been painting and in 2015 that’s when I decided that I would be an artist.

Are there any specific artists or movements that have influenced your work?
In 2015 after joining the local gallery, I’ve tried to learn so much about artists and art. And the time I found about Max Beckmann, a German painter. I love his work and the movement he created in his time, called the New Objectivity. 

How and where do you find inspiration on a regular basis?
I find inspiration in my daily life, like in things that I see everyday. And as an artist I try to reflect on daily life of me as a viewer of life. 

What does your process look like from ideation to completion?
I usually start with sketches and end up with a painting of a canvas and oil paints.

What emotions or thoughts do you wish to spark in viewers?
I wish for people to see those small details they take as nothing. 

How has your practice or style changed over time?
Well I really don’t know about that, but I think the more I paint the more I try to add more personality in my paintings. 

What is a common misconception that people have about artists or the art world?
Where I am from they think we’re crazy.