Berkeley College Celebrates with African Art by John Mubiru



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February is Black History Month

 Berkeley College Celebrates with African Art

by John Mubiru


In celebration of Black History Month, Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist John Mubiru at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from February 1 through 28--Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Mr. Mubiru will hold a student seminar on Wednesday, February 9 at 3:00 pm, followed by an artist’s reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  All events are open to the public.

Mr. Mubiru’s work of traditional and contemporary African art is influenced by his childhood.  He was born in Africa during a time of power struggles throughout Uganda and the African continent.  Somehow, among the chaos, he developed an interest in art and lived for a time in Nairobi among other Ugandan artists, where he first learned to work in batik, a cloth that uses a manual wax-resistant dyeing technique.  He eventually moved on to oil paintings, creating striking tribal motifs and scenery that evoke the essence of African culture and life – vibrant, colorful, and alive.  His use of a palette knife, blunt paintbrush, and thick oil application technique gives his work a three-dimensional feel.     

The artist’s work represents his “fascination by cultures that have stuck to our old ways of life.  When I look at the Massai, Karamajongo, and other nomadic African tribes, I feel a link to our simple way of life that is no more.” 

Throughout this year, Mr. Mubiru will be spending more time in Africa doing research, field studies, and painting., an online contemporary African art gallery representing a variety of contemporary African artists at the local and international level, will market most of his work in the United States and Europe. 

For more information about the artist, visit  For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.


Photo Caption:   Evening Walk, an oil on canvas painting from artist John Mubiru’s exhibit, is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City from February 1 through 28.


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