Meet artist, Monk E, who has made a name painting celebrities

Meet artist, Monk E, who has made a name painting celebrities

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By Ronnie Twine

His most popular piece of art is a painting of Mowzey Radio, which features on a wall at Kololo based, DNA Lounge. He has also painted Bobi Wine, Chameleone and many other celebrities. His name is Monk-E (David Yergeau). He is a Canadian by origin, but he has fallen in love with Uganda. “Uganda is like a home to me. My work has dug roots deep roots here.”

Canadian born Monk E has made a name painting celebrities

He is not willing to settle even when his work is much appreciated here. “I am a nomad. I am always on the move. I have traveled to different countries and I still going to many more. Everywhere I go, I plant my seeds, that’s my strange way of settling,” he says. He has to travel to keep his creative juices flowing.

What inspired his Radio painting? “I came to Uganda a day after Radio had died. The country was mourning. I could feel it. I didn’t know Radio but when I heard about him and saw the mood, I came with a painting to depict his legacy, this love that people had for him.”

A drawing of Jose Chameleone done by Monk. E

Chameleone has called him the most talented artist he has met. He is wowed by the Canadians talent, yet that’s not all he has to his credit. Monk is also a musician, and a poet. “I have songs, albums with a checklist of Ugandan musicians. I am also working on book about my travels around the world.”

Away from Uganda, Monk has worked with international stars like Kendrik Lamar.

He says he travels a lot, I ask him whether he has a family, “I was once married but things did not work out. Of course there is a biological family I come from. My family is in Canada.”

Monk is in his late 30’s.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Very very impressive…..great work!!! However we too have Artists born and raised in Uganda and are equally good ..no offence though.

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