The Yegonizer got an early start when it came to expressing his creative prowess. Originally inspired by his father who a drawing and design teacher, the Yegonizer wanted to be an architect during his early years. However, Evans Yegon, (known in art circles as Yegonizer) was disappointed and affected by the art worlds biggest plight, the 8-4-4 syllabus. The syllabus saw many Kenyas struggling to find a clear avenue to express themselves.
Somewhere between five sibling, The Yegonizers (as his paintwork and number of fans would call him) chose an even closer path to that of his father. The Ygonizer chose to put Kenya on Canvas.
Throughout this series, it is evident to notice the high level of education and art that has come out of the Buru Buru Institute of fine arts. An elite level of education that deserves much praise and admiration. Yegonizer, a former student of the institute joined right after high school in 2006. Nervous as he was entering such a niche market was clear in his earlier paintings. With time and confidence though, that definitely changed.
The inbetween artist, falling somewhere between realism and abstract. The Yegonizer uses vibrant contrasting colors in order to highlight a “supernatural” illusion to his images. The semi abstract feel of the painting allows the audience to have a clear understanding of the painting even though the colors aren’t so ‘natural.’
The Yegonizer admits he “initially, [he] did not imagine that [he] could pursue art in a professionally way,” he even went as far as to say he “would simply get over it and get something else to do over time.” It was only after he realised that this was was his calling in life, a path that he was was meant to be on. That’s when he decided to take art seriously. He started to actively look out and create opportunities where he could learn about art and improve his skills. A key not to take away is “improve, improve, improve.”
The Bomet born artist opened up about the fact that “artist really struggle when it comes to a 9-5, but in Kenya it’s the financial struggle that really hurts Kenyan artists.” While talking about the biggest struggles up and coming artist go through, The Yegonizer recognises the fact that it is money that has really held back younger artists. Some unable to own canvas, paint or eventext books.
The Project, #KenyaOnCanvas is celebrating the amazing work and stories of Kenyan artists through the Safaricom 2019 calendar. This project has not only explored Kenya’s beauty but also given the artists a platform to showcase the way they see Kenya but also exposes the reality of different artists within Kenya and how they are able to earn a living from their passion.
For Yegon, Kenya on canvas meant his narrative has become more accessible to Kenyans. A Kenyan story being shown by fellow Kenyans, as a way to preserve Kenya’s own narrative. From landscape to portraits and even a few bible verses. The Yegonizer has a broad range of artwork he presents, but one thing he made very clear is the fact that nothing can Kill the spirit of art.
As art is evolving, a magnitude of artists feel as though the invention of instruments like the camera have broken art. That is simply not the case. Yegon reminds us that “even if robots were to start painting today, even they wouldn’t be able to ruin art.” Art has a future, what is in store for The Yegonizer?
The Yegonizer wants to continue painting. He wants to create a space where tranquility and the African narrative, especially that of Kenya can shine. Reminding us the more you broaden your horizons, “the more you create, the work speaks for you.”
You can find Yegons and all the other fantastic artists on: This Is My Kenya
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