He is kind. He's soft-spoken. He is a deep thinker.
He is a truly talented artist.
I loved interviewing Angelo and Jaffer and seeing how different they are,
though they grew up together and work side by side.
They make a good team.
I'm so happy I got to know them both.
By the way, Jaffer is actually pronounced Jaffa.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to him now...
How old are you?
Where are you from?
What is your first language?
How many languages do you speak?
When did you start painting?
2001. I was in secondary school and I started doing small projects for people in an art class.
When did you start selling your art?
In school. I was doing art homework projects better than my classmates so they were giving me money in exchange for doing their work.
When did you open Jinja Art Studio?
My cousin Angelo opened it and I joined him after.
How long did it take for you to make a name for yourself as an artist here in Uganda?
Have taken art classes?
I've been mostly self trained.
What kind of Art do you specialize in?
I paint acrylic landscapes and animals. Scenes from my country.
What inspires you as an artist?
I think my childhood memories and the life that I've gone through. Especially my mom and how she used to struggle to pay for our school fees. She worked so hard. She was a single mother. My mother was all that I had, and she's gone now. I'm happy that she taught me all of this.
What colors do you enjoy painting with?
Earth colors, browns and reds. I think my element is earth.
How long does it take you to do your large paintings?
My longest paintings are portraits. Takes me, 2 or 3 weeks.
Do you have children?
A baby girl. She's 4.5 months. She is called ruth. It has changed me so much. I now feel because I'm a dad I need to save every coin for pampers and milk. Everything I do now, I think I have a child and I need to stay strong. It inspires me so much to live right.
What are your business goals for the future?
My goals are as I paint and make a name with my paintings I want my paintings to sell with purpose. I want to teach others how to paint and draw so they can make money. I want to be exemplary.
What makes you proud to be an African man?
I would say I love the way Ugandans are soft spoken, well coming people. I'm happy to associate with them and be from Uganda. It has beauty. It has everything. I am happy that I was born here. I think I am patriotic about Uganda.
What is your favorite food?
Beans and Rice.
What makes you happy?
When people appreciate my art. I can spill paint onto the canvas and create all these images and people say, I love the colors. They get happy. I just put it on there, and they love that. That makes me so happy in my heart.
What makes you unique?
I'm just a stubborn artist.
Where would you travel to if you could go anywhere?
First place I would go to is Paris. They have all these historical artists I've learned about. The way they do the street art. I would love to see if they still exist.
Describe yourself in one word?
Donate to Fount of Mercy today and as our way of saying Thank You,
we will send you one of
Jaffer's beautiful sketches!
Jaffer's beautiful sketches!
All the way from his studio in Uganda...to you.