Ugandan artist Gayi Eric won the grand prize after been named the 2021 BIC Art Master of Africa.
Gayi won the fourth edition of the competition with his portrait titled ‘Circle of Life’, which was created using four BIC ball pens and took a total of 210 hours to complete. The Ugandan took home USD 2000.
Cameroonian Kamgaing came second after developing an art piece titled ‘In My Room’, while Odaro Franklin Osaivbie from Nigeria came third with his art piece ‘Entranced’. Kamgaing and Osaivbie will take home USD 1000 and USD 500 respectively.
‘Art Master Africa’ is the flagship competition for BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers. The competition encourages talent across Africa and the Middle East to showcase their creativity and create a piece of art, using the famous BIC Ball Pen.
Apart from one continent-wide winner, BIC also awards 11 winners from countries within the Africa region.
Stanley Were won the 2021 BIC Art Master of Kenya with his artwork ‘Life is what you make it’,Badr Labied won the 2021 BIC Art Master of Morocco with his artwork ‘Enchantez la vie africaine’, while Astral Msekeli won the 2021 BIC Art Master of South Africa with his incredible ‘Ubuntu’ artwork.
Kenya’s winner was feted on October 13 at the BIC Headquaters in Kasarai, Nairobi, in an event graced by talented comedian Timothy Kimani aka Njugush.
2021 edition saw 6,350 entries by more than 3,700 artists
This year saw 6,350 entries submitted by more than 3,700 artists from 52 countries across the Middle East and Africa. Artists were requested to submit their creative work through the campaign’s dedicated microsite BICArtMaster.com.
The work was shortlisted by a panel of judges including experts from BIC, renowned artists from the region, winners from previous Art Master Africa competitions, and art experts from Europe.
Commenting on the occasion, Peter Van den Broeck, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Middle East and Africa said:
“We are proud of the impact that the Art Master Africa competition has had on talent in the region to date. BIC has a longstanding history with art, and the inception of the Art Master Africa competition [started in 2017 in South Africa] has allowed us to support thousands of talent across the region,” Broeck said adding that “With the competition expanding into the Middle East this year, we are confident that we will continue to motivate and shine a bright light on talent across the region creating a future generation of creative and inspiring individuals.”