The soft spoken sculptor Kamya Charles has had ‘two’ aspirations: ‘to see East Africans own great art, and for himself, to be a famous sculptor’. He is one of the much respected sculptors in the region.
Kamya was introduced to “the gallery” by John Keller, then the owner of Gallery Cafe in Kampala, Uganda. He joined the Gallery in late 1998 and went on to have the first exhibition there in 1999. Later, he held numerous group and solo exhibitions in Kampala, Nairobi and recently in Berlin.
Kamya’s work draws from two main approaches that include some form of modernism – reflected in the form and African lifestyle – the content and message he is conveying. He is highly inspired by Henry Moore with the signature human form abstractions (often suggestive of the female body) pierced or containing hollow spaces and the beauty of the natural blemishes of his woods – his favored medium.