Mpane, Aime b.1968 / 9 Portraits from the Kinoct series
about this work
The Democratic Republic of the Congo and its relationship to Belgium provides multidisciplinary artist Aimé Mpane with a fountain of inspiration - not only in the strength and beauty he sees in the faces of his fellow peoples, but even in both countries' dark and complex histories. Although born in Kinhasa and residing in Brussels, Mpane would not consider himself a resident of either. Mpane’s artwork navigates through his personal and artistic experiences in Congo and Belgium’s post-colonial worlds and the relationship they now have, bravely exploring difficult and convoluted themes of identity and place in the aftermath of a painful history that continues to shape both countries today. The strength of Mpane’s work perhaps lies in his ability to use various media – painting, sculpture, installation and video – to both engage with his countries' difficult past and illustrate his positive outlook for future generations, providing his audience with an enriching view of identity and self in the contemporary world.  

Aime Mpane (b.1968, Congo)

9 Portraits from the Kinoct series, 2011

Paint & pigments on hand carved wood
120 x 93 cm
47 1/4 x 36 5/8 in.
Nomad Gallery, Brussels, Belgium  Current Location:
UK - Sotheby's London PaintingAfrica


Sotheby's Modern & Contemporary African Art
Sotheby's London
03/28/2018 - 03/28/2018

(e)merge art fair
Washington, DC, USA
October 2012

Nomad Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
October 2011


Daniel Milroy Maher, Aimé Mpane’s paintings confront the legacy of colonialism in Congo
It's Nice That (Magazine), February 27, 2019
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AFRICA NOW: Contemporary Africa
Bonhams (Catalogue), October, 2015

Baseler Zeitung, Spass an der Kunst
Aime Mpane (Newspaper), 21.6.14

Arts 10+2 Aimé Mpane
(Catalogue), 2012
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