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Emmanuel Ignatius

Discover the work of Emmanuel Ignatius Bwibo, the genius behind Ignatius Arts. He adopts traditional African designs to express cultural pride in his creations.

Nairobi, Kenya

Banana Clip, November 2019

Emmanuel uses his talents to share visual stories about Black culture and shed light on the beauty of African women.

Namibia, September 2019

Mylah Shiv, December 2019

Black Girl Fly, April 2019

What elements do you choose to incorporate in your designs/illustrations and why?

In Kenya there are a lot of cultural practices that usually inspire me on a daily basis;

the people, the social construct, and our history. I choose to incorporate our beautiful African women because for a long time our women have been underrepresented. By showing our cultural practices, our story cannot be forgotten.

Her Highness, November 2019

Fela K, March 2020

Nebula Queen, July 2020

2 Black, March 2020

Blue for Sudan, June 2019

Mama Africa, December 2019

Joasi Agoba, February 2020

You’ve chosen to focus on Black individuals in your creations. Why is this important to you?

In most of my work you can see [influences from] my Kenyan background. I think it is my responsibility as a Black and African creative to tell our story. A question I always ask myself is “If not me, then who will?”.

I’ve learnt that I'm very open minded and always want to bring change in our society. I create artworks that make an audience relate to the message being portrayed and also make them feel represented.

Mental Health Awareness, August 2019

Lesotho, September 2019

In These Times (cover), November 2020

Olango, March 2020

The Bro Code, November 2019

The Pane [pain], March 2020

Vivie, March 2020

Fresco, June 2020

Black on Black, June 2020

Why did graphic design and illustrating stand out to you?

The idea of helping people and brands communicate their message to others through artworks that I create is one of the major factors that helped me decide to specifically do visual arts and graphic design.

I started creating at a very young age. Throughout my school years my artworks were always outstanding and different from what others were creating, and that was when I figured out that art was my passion.

How do you overcome creative challenges?

As a creative it is always advisable that you take a break once in while. I usually just take nature walks and spend time with family.

Is Music About to Blow, March 2020

Guardian, March 2020

Abrupt Comb, April 2020

What has been your most rewarding experience as an artist?