Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 46 Aloka Trevor

Aloka Trevor (Ugandan b. 1997)
Miss Catherine, Young Poetess, 2022
Signed ‘signature’ (verso)
Oil on canvas
90.3 x 120 cm
Ksh 395,000 – 660,000
(US$) 3,000 – 5,000
Provenance: direct from the artist

Trevor is a full-time artist based in Mutungo, Uganda. A figurative painter, his largescale figurative works explore the idea of the body as a material and a tool. Aloka refers to himself as a community artist, he studies the environment he is going to work in, in order to accuratly and honestly represent the people who inhabit it. Through this process he creates raw, emotional portraits. Growing up in Kamala, Aloka has always been aware of the multi ethnic nature of his community and tries to give voice to this community thought his realistic painterly style.

This painting is from the Ready for Export series which explored the migration of African people, from the ‘brain drain’ of skilled professionals to the mass migration of labourers.

Exhibitions include; East meets West, a group exhibition at the Cocudi Art Centre in Jerusalem in 2020, The Art Biennale at Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam and Emerging Talent at the Akazi Gallery, Atlanta, USA in 2019. He was featured in the Moleskin Foundation volume 1 publication and exhibition in 2019 and has three works in the ARAK collection in Qatar.