Born 1974 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

EDUCATION

2015
Master of Fine Art (Distinction), Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa

2009
Photography at Vega (The Brand Communication School), Cape Town, South Africa

2000
Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the Academie des Beaux Arts, Kinshasa, DRC

1994
State Diploma in Art (Sculpture Major) at the Institut des Beaux- Arts, Kinshasa, DRC

FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS 

2016
Luxembourg Art Prize finalist (supported by Herve Lancelin gallery).

2013
Between the Lines’ Symposium (exchange between Michaelis Art School and Braunschweig School of Art, Germany).

2012
Artist in residency, Prohelvetia Swiss Art Council, IAAB (Christoph Merian Foundation), Basel/Switzerland.

2010-2011
First selected artist for Hollard Creative Exchange Program, Cape Town & Johannesburg.

2011
Celeste Prize Award Finalist, Invisible Dogs Gallery Brooklyn, NYC. 2010 Voices, Spier Contemporary

2010
Bienniale Finalist –Selected public Performance art, City Hall/Grand Parade, Cape Town.

2007
Table mountain cable way station award (group award for best design proposal).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Coucou Crumble, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
Masks Of Heterotopia, Officine dell’Immagine, Milan, Italy
Mupia-Mupia, Fondation Friedrich Naumann, Dakar, Senegal

2016
Mupia-Mupia, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011
Notre Peau, The Association for Visual Art (AVA) Gallery/ the Hollard Exchange Programme, Cape Town, South Africa
Echoes (travelling exhibition): Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth; Alliance Française of Pretoria; Alliance Française of Durban; Alliance Française of Mbabane, Swaziland; Alliance
Française of Maputo, Mozambique; Alliance Française of Johannesburg

2010
ECHOES, Alliance Francaise of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

2007
Maurice Mbikayi, Framery Art Gallery, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London.
CONGOVILLE, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.
SUPERNATURAL, Sculptural Vision of the Body, Oulu Museum of Art, Finland.
SUPERNATURAL, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany.

2019
Positive Planet Investor Forum, Kensington Palace, London, UK
Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday…, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
Face with Tears of Joy, Blitz, Valletta, Malta
Digital Imaginaries: Africas in Production, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa; Kër Thiossane, Dakar, Senegal; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
AKAA, Paris, France

2018
Congo Stars, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
ON/OFF, Casa Victor Hugo, Havana, Cuba 17 Biennale De Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, DRC
YOUNG CONGO, Kin ArtStudio, Kinshasa, DRC
Urban Axis / Another Antipodes, PS Art Space, Freemantle, Australia
WE CALL IT “AFRICA”, Artists From Sub-Saharan Africa, Officine dell’Immagine, Milan, Italy

2016
Paradoxal Stranger, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
Troubled Land, (Performance/Video Installation), Iziko South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
On Entropy and Becoming, AVA Gallery
Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

2014
Art of the Lived Experiment, The Bluecoat School Lane Liverpool, UK and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

2012
Window Exhibition/ Traces at Dock, with Miatta Kawinzi (New York), Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri (Helsinki), Basel, Switzerland

2011
Thinking Africa and the Diaspora Differently, Centre for African Studies (CAS), UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
Celeste Prize Finalists Exhibition & Awards, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2010 reasons to live in a small town, Goethe on Main Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
AFRIKA SUR L’ÉVENEMENT POÉTIQUE, Centre Culturel des Mazades, Toulouse, France

2010
Amani Art Festival 2010, Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
The Association for the Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town

2009
Art Reach Exhibition, The Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town, South Africa

2008
The Art of Determination, Harare International Festival of the Arts, National Gallery of Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
The Soul of Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand, South Africa

2007
Human Rights Day, Iziko Slave Lodge Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Group Exhibition, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
X-Cape Circuit, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
A journey together, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Portrait Exhibition, The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
A Response to Picasso & Africa, Alliance Française of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

COLLABORATIONS & WORKSHOPS 

2010
Spier Contemporary 2010 Performance Workshop, facilitated by Jay Pather and Africa Centre, Cape Town.
“Portrait” a film documentary co-directed for Swedish Students for the Red Cross Exchange Programme, Cape Town-SA.
Co-facilitation of workshop “UP and Down” research project from “2010 Reasons to live in a small Town” Project, Supported by the Visual Art Network of South Africa (VANSA) at Gauteng and Western Cape/ South Africa.
Facilitation of 3 days workshop “Strokes of Genius Project” ( a Visual Art Development Project with young artist) at Bien Donnée Mannor Farm-Simondium, in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Department of Trade and Industry, Paarl/ Western Cape-South Africa.

2009
Co-facilitated a series of Therapeutic Art Workshops (together with a Psychologist) for the elderly and a group of adolescents, at Catholic Welfare and Development/CWD.
Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Woodstock and Khayelitsha, Cape Town -SA.
Co-facilitated a series of Therapeutic Art workshop with HIV/AIDS women, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Cape Town-SA.
Co-facilitated as Volunteer an Art Therapy Programme for children at Lawrence House Shelter, Woodstock, Cape Town.

2008
“Talking Heads” a Video performance with Magdalena Kunz and Daniel Glaser (Swiss guest artists / Pro Helvetia Swiss Council), Cape Town.
Co-illustrated a series of children’s textbooks for Longman Publishing Company, Cape Town.

2007
Co-Facilitated an Educational Youth Programme in collaboration with Africa Centre and CitySkin group, and in conjunction with the inaugural exhibition of Spier Contemporary 2007, Cape Town.
“The Art of the Dessent’ – a Canadian film documentary programme in collaboration with Jonathan Shapiro, Zwanke Mbuli, Ruth Carnesson, Lionel Davis (Community Projects) with Scott Milne (Project Manager and Field researcher on Research Assessment Services in Toronto Canada), Cape Town-SA Educational Youth Programme and a series of mixed-media installations at IZIKO Museum / SA with Kathy Coates, Cape Town.

2006
Co-facilitated an Art Therapy Exchange Programme for refugee women and children, Voyage Ensemble Project at the Scalabrini Centre, Bonne Esperance (CWD) and Masipumelele, Cape Town. 

2006 – 2007
“Multimediations” Programme: A long-term programme initiated by Cape Africa Platform (in collaboration with City Varsity: School of Media and Creative Arts), Cape Town.

2006 – 2008
“Voyage Ensemble Project”: art exchange programme with various local and migrants artists: Fostering the Anti- Xenophobia funded by Pro Helvetia and the Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts.
Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland.
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
The Pérez Art Museum in Miami.
The Iziko South African National Gallery.
Galila’s P.O.C, Brussels, Belgium.
The Scheryn Art Collection, Cape Town.
Progressive Art Collection, Ohio.
Spier Arts Trust,Cape Town.
Yellowwoods Art. 

OTHER MUSEUMS EXHIBITED

Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium.
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
Oulu Museum of Art, Oulu, Finland.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA), Cape Town.
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.
ZKM/ Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan.
National Museum of Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe.