Placide Niyigena “Plart '' (11 June 1999 - 14 January 2020) was a young Rwandan artist. Plart’s artwork is based on a Humanoid portrait with elements from animals and nature. Plart was an Animist who believed that not only humans and animals have a spiritual essence that influence the galaxy, but also objects, plants, rivers and weather systems.
The artworks below are all part of the series "Imigani" which is a Kinyarwanda word. Imigani can either mean a fairytale story (Imigani miremire) or a proverb/metaphor (Imigani migufi). Oral storytelling plays a big part in Rwandan history, spiritual messages were shared through proverbs and are now known as “fairytales”. The Imigani artworks are in small and medium frames, acrylics on canvas. They portray a hybrid creature between animals and humans.