By Christopher Brocker
Alain Gakwaya has created his lane in the art world, and he refuses to be placed in a box. The world is his canvas and he is ready to tell you his story.
Gakwaya, born and raised in Rwanda, Africa, moved to San Antonio at age 16. Always intrigued by creativity and self-expression, Gakwaya established a career as an artist. Whether it is painting, modeling or designing fashion, Alain is committed to creativity.
Gakwaya and I met as kids while attending church. We have stayed connected since, and I have been able to follow his journey as a creator. We reconnected to interview in the Southtown area of San Antonio, known as the art district.
We discussed Gakwaya’s journey from Rwanda to Texas and his progression as an artist. We covered Gakwaya’s exposure to music and how it has shaped his creative process and career.
Gakwaya and I also talked about his experiences as a black creator and the importance of the black diaspora. More specifically the importance of highlighting not only consciousness when it comes to social injustice but also black joy in his artwork.
Gakwaya’s next art show will be held at The Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio on April 10, 2021. More information about the event and Gakwaya’s work can be found on his website.
I had a pleasure interviewing Gakwaya, and I left the experience feeling inspired. As I bid farewell to him the day of the interview, Gakwaya called out to me, “Stay black!”
Featured image by Christopher Brocker.