Ivan Allan Bwambale studied sculpture and painting at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University. After graduating in 2012 he became a lecturer of sculpture at the YMCA Comprehensive Institute (Kampala branch) and has established himself as one of the leading metal sculptors artists in Uganda.
Following his international residency at Kisumu sculpture stone symposium and recently at Kuona Trust, he is on a three months local residency programme at 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust in which he sculpts and experiments on how to represent dreams.
Ivan’s sculptures and paintings address social and cultural issues, issues arising in a society where he works at the moment. He uses scrap metal mostly from car parts, motorcycles and bicycles and gives them a new life. His sculptures are static but intriguing. Using studied lines, shapes and texture he strives to create vignettes of motion. Using wire and found metal, he bends, bolts, screws, casts, patinas, grinds and welds these objects together to make expressive sculptures.
He draws his inspiration from the challenges of blending technical structures while maintaining the aesthetics. “I am inspired by subtle life experiences, as I work, my mind runs like a slide show of partial pictures, flashes of abstract images, I grab these images as they come to combine and arrange them to make sculptures.”