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Amani Bodo





Pamba Malonda Bodo aka Amani Bodo

Born 1988, Kinshasa, Zaïre.
Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Amani Bodo, a self-taught Kinshasa born artist, grew up in a world of artists beside his father Pierre Bodo, Moké and Chéri Samba who started the now famous Popular School of painting. Amani’s surrealist paintings explore a diverse range of themes from spirituality and sexuality, to the impact and influence of Western culture in Congolese society. He includes strong cosmic elements while also drawing his inspiration from the posters of " Bollywood " cinema with their advertising style.

The particular quality of Amani’s canvasses consists in this technique that just "happened to him" which is to treat them with " Mwangisa " a Lingala term which means to speckle them. Indeed, his paintings are speckled with droplets of colors completely unrelated to the subject matter, but which makes them even more spectacular.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Tambola malembe, Espace Texaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, RDC


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013/2014
Kin-Babi, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Abidjan

2011
JapanCongo
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

JapanCongo
Magasin Grenoble, France

2009/2010
Africa? Una nuova storia
Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma, Italy

2007
Yambi, Centre Wallonie, Brussels

2005
15 ans de transition
Hotel Memling, Kinshasa

2003
Regard sur la transition
Hôtel Memling, Kinshasa


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2009
Africa? una nuova storia
Exhibition catalogue, published by Gangemi Editore