I am patrick seruwu

contemporary african artist

Patrick Seruwu is from Kampala, Uganda. His mother raised him and his three sisters in tough circumstances, providing for them by being a street vendor. Forced to drop out of school to help out, Patrick Seruwu also became a street vendor on his arrival in Johannesburg, where he worked as a hairstylist, too.

Never intending to become an artist, Patrick Seruwu fell under the influence of his close friend, the late artist Benon Lutaaya. The more time Patrick Seruwu spent with Lutaaya, visiting him in his studio and attending art exhibitions, the more appealing a career in art became.

A self-taught working artist who has been painting and drawing for the last 4 years, Patrick Seruwu has been well-received by the art community. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally, such as Art & Poetry, VA, USA, Rand Merchant Bank, Absa Bank, Turbine Art Fair and Investec Cape Town Art Fair. He has also sold on the secondary market under Aspire Auctions.

The recipient of a 2019 Johannes Stegmann Mentorship Programme sponsored by Lizamore & Associates Gallery, where he holds a residency, Patrick Seruwu’s first solo exhibition opened at the gallery on November 1 st, 2020.

Patrick Seruwu contemporary african art



On current themes and conceptual focus of work:


‘…abandoned women on the streets of Johannesburg, who are trying to earn a living. I chose deliberately to wash the canvas and allowing the paint to drip as a metaphor for women’s tears of pain but also their tears of joy & success’.