Steve Bandoma describes his work as recycling found objects. He appropriates imagery from contemporary advertising and magazines in order to ‘breathe new life into them’. 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.
Bandoma’s work has been acquired and exhibited by the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi in Geneva, Switzerland; Museum Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa; and the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), USA. In 2015, Bandoma’s work was included in Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko displayed at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France.