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Steve Bandoma





Born 1981, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lives and works in Kinshasa.

Bandoma describes his work as recycling found objects, appropriating imagery from contemporary advertising and magazines, in order 'to breathe new life into them'. In his most recent series, the artist creates imagined portraits of the inhabitants of Congo's sprawling capital Kinshasa. A shape shifting species of genetic mutations, his images are contemporary embodiments of traditional African gods and fetish objects.

Bandoma combines acrylic, watercolour, felt-tip pen, ink, and collage, often on handmade paper to give these works a tangible energy. Splashes of paint and bursts of colour add violence and urgency to his portraits. Inspired by the chaos of daily life and the fast moving media that make up Kinshasa's street culture, the artist's aesthetic approach and choice of materials reflect a dynamism in new artistic trends stemming from Africa.




SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Na Kinshasa Eza Possible, Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris, France

2019
Megalopolis - Stimmen aus Kinshasa, Grassi Museum für Volkerkunde zu Leipzig, Germany

2018
African Passions, Palais Cadaval, Evora, Portugal

2017
Histoires congolaises, bibliothèque Robert-Desnos, Montreuil, France

POSSESSION, Centre Culturel Texaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, Congo

2016
Lumières d'Afriques, Donwahi Foundation, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2015
Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2013
‘Le Combat du Siècle’, Galerie Antonio Nardone, Brussels, Belgium

‘Kongo across the Waters’, Harn Museum, Florida, USA

2010
FOCUS, Basel, Switzerland

‘Currencies in Contemporary African Art’, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008
‘Abazobie’, Nelson Mandela Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2007
Cape Biennale, Blank Project Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021
Ex Africa - Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac - Sous la direction de Philippe Dagen - Gallimard, Paris