Lakwena means ‘messenger of the chief’ in the northern Ugandan language Acholi.
Born in 1986, her name is reflected in her artistic practice, which is concerned with messages. Utilising bright colour and bold text, her eye-catching paintings explore and gently subvert ideas relating to decolonisation, redemption, escapism, afrofuturism, and utopia.
Currently based in London, her work has been shown internationally in cities including London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and more.
Perhaps best known for her murals, her work has also appeared in public spaces from Tate Britain, Somerset House, Facebook and the Southbank Centre in London, to the Bowery Wall in New York, a juvenile detention centre in Arkansas and a monastery in Vienna.