Artist Bio


Idi is a mixed-media fine artist and painter specializing in stylized portraiture combining vibrant colors, patterns, and textures to make his pieces come alive. His use of brushstroke patterns and textures creates his unique style he refers to as “Basengoism”. Idi produced his first solo show, “See Far Go Far” 2017, at the Kigali Public Library and was a featured artist at the Envision Rwanda grand opening exhibition in 2018. Recently Idi’s artwork was featured at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York for the exhibition “Rwanda Retold” which focused on stories 25 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Idi’s passion and work ethic are inspired by his challenging upbringing, growing up as an orphan and who once was recruited as a child soldier for a Congolese militia. Luckily, in 2012 he was given the opportunity to attend the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a boarding school for Rwandan vulnerable youth, where he developed his talent in the arts.

Read more about Idi’s incredible story here

Idi finishing up his acrylic piece titled “Soul of Rwanda”

Idi finishing up his acrylic piece titled “Soul of Rwanda”



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