Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, 'Untitled', 2016, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 2 pieces, 150 x 150 cm and 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, 'Untitled', 2016, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 2 pieces, 150 x 150 cm and 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery 

A prominent figure among young Congolese painters, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo constantly seeks to turn away from the traditional clichés of Africa and confront his continent’s reality at the same time as art in its global dimension. His work can be defined as a combination of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Within this creative space of experimentation, Bondo investigates questions about society, the cultural encounters between humans from different parts of the world.

A graduate of the Kinshasa Institute of Fine Arts and Academy, Bondo continued his studies at the School of Decorative Art in Strasbourg and has since taught at the Academy of Kinshasa and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, Belgium, and the USA. In 2011, Bondo was artist in residence at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, South Africa; the French Cultural Centre in Point – Noire, Democratic Republic of Congo; and at the International Arts Centre in OMI, USA.