Kizito Maria Kasule


Through his work, Kasule has gained a significant voice both inside and outside Uganda’s art community. He is as much a philanthropist, social entrepreneur and community activist as he is an artist. Kizito M. Kasule had to start the fight for his art early on. Born into a sibling group of 12, he was expected to help on the farm instead of attending school. But Kasule’s desire for knowledge and education was fierce, so he was asked to leave the family and manage himself when he was 11 years old. Kasule lived from hand to mouth, he went to school in the morning and worked to survive in the afternoon.

In 1987, the civil war started in Uganda, and Kasule was arrested. After tough years in the military prison, he managed to escape from Uganda. After the war, Kasule was able to return home, and in 1992 he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Makerere University in Kampala. In 2003 he received his PhD, and today Kasule is Dean at the same university. Parallel to the work of the university and its own paintings, Kizito M. Kasule is passionate about giving everyone an opportunity to develop their own art and creativity. As a result, he has started the Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD).