Eddy Kamuanga (b. 1991, Congo )

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga is one of the most exciting young artists working in Africa today. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, he trained at the Kinshasa Academy of Arts and has gone on to found the dynamic Congolese art collective M’Pongo, representative of the creative vibrancy to be found in modern Kinshasa. In his present series Mangbetu, Kamuanga has been inspired by the Mangbetu people, an ethnic group of warrior extraction in the DRC, whose culture is being threatened by a postcolonial desire to modernise. His paintings possess a monumental quality that is both heroic and elegiac. Kamuanga has been shown across Africa, notably at Dak’Art OFF, Senegal in 2014, and, as well as causing a storm at London’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in 2015, has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery’s Pangaea II. In 2016, he displayed work for the first time in the USA, at The Armory Show - Focus: African Perspectives.

Kamuanga, Eddy b. 1991

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