Eyenga Bokamba - Painter
Eyenga Bokamba is an artist most drawn to abstraction as a means of expressing her perceptions of complex realities. Her work has been widely collected by public libraries, universities, and private collectors who value the spacious expansiveness and luminosity of her paintings.
Eyenga produces large-scale works using acrylic paint and calligrapher’s ink to create layers of translucence, sometimes including text that may or may not figure into the final visible composition on the canvas. In her latest body of work, the abstracted figure emerges, giving rise to a new visual language of gesture and movement. - www.mnartists.org
Eyenga holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree from Harvard University. - www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features
In recognition of the high caliber of her work she has been inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. thenawa.org
Feel free to visit Eyenga in her studio in the Carriage House the first Thursday of every month, and ask her about upcoming studio classes www.bigsunnystudios.com, light-box paintings, multi-media projections for the stage, and her latest foray into the world of public art.
Watch for more information on her collaboration with poet Molly Van Avery through the Arts on Chicago initiative at Pillsbury House, a center for creativity and community.
(http://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/arts-on-chicago-announces-that-all-20-public-art-projects-have-been-chosen/) - Poetry Mobile public art project.
The theater beckons as well, and Eyenga has answered the call of environmental design for the stage, as seen recently in Sharon Bridgforth's (http://newdramatists.org/sharon-bridgforth) Minneapolis production of River See, an experimental theatre piece in the jazz tradition. Eyenga says she felt deeply honored to collaborate with Sharon, whom she calls a "visionary artist," and with lighting designer Mike Wangen of Prairie Home Companion fame, and costume designer Claire Brauch of the Guthrie. Read more about this genre-breaking work and contribute to its future development here:
Now We're Getting Somewhere series 2011.
All are calligrapher's ink on paper, 6 x 6 inches to 9 x 12 inches.
Watch a short clip of Eyenga's presentation of the painting "Unintended Consequences" which was commissioned by GiveMN.org to commemorate Give to the Max Day 2012.