Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Alien and Avatar, 2016, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 190 x 190 cm. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery
Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo, Alien and Avatar, 2016, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 190 x 190 cm. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery  

Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo’s practice comprises painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Emerging from a collective of young Congolese painters, Mwilambwe Bondo’s more recent work investigates the means by which intercultural exchange and connection have dispersed contemporary life across physical and psychic bounds. Found photographs and fashion magazines provide an aesthetic range, which he then splices and collages together to form newly hybrid figures.

A graduate of the Kinshasa Institute of Fine Arts and Academy, Mwilambwe Bondo continued his studies at the School of Decorative Art, Strasbourg and has since taught at the Academy of Kinshasa, Kinshasa and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Salzburg, South Africa, Belgium and the US. Mwilambwe Bondo has undertaken residencies worldwide, including at Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg; the French Cultural Centre, Pointe-Noire and Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY.