Kagame Murray is a multimedia artist (music, photography, sculpture, painting, animation, film/video) born in Toronto, Canada to parents from Jamaica.
He has an undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the New School for Social Research (New York City) with a major concentration in art history. He also attended the Master’s program (M.F.A.) in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School of Design (New York City). His focus was in experimental animation.Kagame has participated in a number of art festivals, exhibitions as well as solo and group gallery shows since leaving N.Y.C. in 2004, the more notable being Scotiabank CONTACT festival and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013. His main artistic focus at this point is sculpture utilizing numerous materials in their construction, plastics, wood, metal and silicone. However there are several other materials that act as primary components that would not be considered standards such as fibre optics, LED lighting and light re-directional materials for film and television. Kagame creates both representational and non-representational works of art.
Kagame as a multimedia artist has interests in a wide variety of different music. As a composer this pursuit involves paradoxically purist and juxtapositional merging of components of music and sound from a wide variety of sources. Exemplary analogous referencing materials for this train of thought can be found within the art philosophy of Arthur C. Danto’s, ‘The Transfiguration of the Commonplace’. From bass to guitar to sitar and experimental instruments the goal is always to pursue the unexplored. His interests in photography began at the young age of 8 years old developing and printing his own film and photographs in the pre-digital age of chemical baths and printing processes. Not long after in his pre-teens basic animations took place with the old school process of cutting and splicing film together. Later in Graduate School this was taken over by experimental animation combining analogue and digital editing and processing techniques. Painting as a pursuit took place in the early 2000’s. Throughout the duration of the previous two decades in the 1980’s and 1990’s Kagame was deeply involved in playing music, recording and touring (Canada/U.S.A.). Painting was soon usurped by sculpture in which he could drag 2 dimensional images into the 3d and 4th dimensional realm. Kagame’s primary philosophical concern is with the psychological and technological which can be found imbued in his artwork. In the case of `THE ILLUSION OF LINEAR TIME` and the works emanating from `THE DREAM SERIES` the participant and subject matter engage mnemonics in regards to theories about theoretical particle physics.
Kagame relocated back to Toronto in 2004 after spending nearly 13 years in New York City.