Ben Ziraba Nyende
Born and raised in Uganda, Ben studied technical drawing at Kololo SS, under mentorship of Hamala and Abyero. Ben moved to London, UK, in the mid-1970’s where for many years he was an art dealer and supporter of African artists.
In the early 1990’s, Ben moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he started his own business, Art Engraved. His art and wood engravings portraits include American Presidents. His art has been on display at Presidential Libraries of Lincoln, Garfield, Nixon and Reagan. Ben was commissioned to draw 9 visiting Presidents (including the legendary Nelson Mandela), and over 200 Mayors, and 22 Kings and Queens
For his animal artistry, Ben partnered with various zoos (including the well-renowned Bronx Zoo in New York); treasured National Parks (such as Chobe National Park, Mweya National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Para Lodge in Uganda); and animal sanctuaries (such as Santa Ana Animal Sanctuary in the CA).
Ben’s current project is a tribute to US Mayors, his artistry of wood engraved portraiture and their connection with businesses who’ve been integral in their individual city’s growth.