BOUVY ENKOBO

Painter | DR Congo

Bouvy Enkobo (1981), studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, but left to pursue his career alone as part of “the new wave” generation conflict. Besides painting, he also experiments with collage, photography and video.

“My work raises questions about the issues I observe in urban life, the daily hopes and struggles, how people interact and form their flawed societies, to raise debates for a better future.”

Artworks

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Bouvy Enkobo (1981), studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, but left to pursue his career alone as part of “the new wave” generation conflict. Besides painting, he also experiments with collage, photography and video.

His early work is characterized by fragments of urban impressions, where colors and geometric shapes bring rhythm within the chaotic and sometimes difficult living conditions in African inner cities or where he just withdraws in intuitive colorful abstracts reflecting the human state of mind.  

 Enkobo often shows the elusive and fugitive profiles that coexist in large cities: the time that passes and the human intelligence are thus intertwined. The expansion of the modern world and its evolution takes place without regard to individuals or their roots, and sometimes even to their detriment. These individuals are drowned in the mass, standardized; there is no longer any possibility of differentiating them. Enkobo represents those left-behind and the marginalized in society, in the form of stricken and prostrate characters.  

In his latest work, Enkobo enriches his intuitive painting style with collage techniques and mixes in his own way of urban realism focused on the individual placed within a brightly colored chaos. He reflects on the subject of the territories occupied by man and questions the position of mankind and its evolution in this common space. He revises the traces of certain eras in history, in order to write a newly updated version.

Enkobo evokes the notion of space as a place of exchange and sharing. He questions heritages, which today divides, rather than unites mankind, with a view to offer possibilities of a return to fundamental values. 

Enkobo has exhibited in DR Congo, Zimbabwe, South-Africa, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the US, and won the special prize of the European Union at the Yango Biennale in Kinshasa in 2014. His work is included in the collection of the delegation of the European Union in DR Congo, Fondation Hirondelle and many private collections and recently outperformed on the online ArtNet Africa Present auction. 

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2021

Reflux, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands 

2019  

Songs of Sankofa, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe 

2018 

Bouvy Enkobo, Pullman Hotel, Kinshasa, DR Congo 

2017 

“Sois Prudent/ Take Care”, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe 

 

Group exhibitions

2021

Collective Amnesia, Montague Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, USA. 

2020

Nova villa, Africa 2020, Paris Est Reims CELLIER, France. 

Mobembo na Kinshasa / Voyages à Kinshasa, Far Away Festival, Reims, France. 

2019 

Ghent Art Fair, OpenArtExchange, Ghent, Belgium 

Paris Art Fair, OpenArtExchange, Paris, France 

Back to Human, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands 

Geuzenmaand exhibition, Museum Vlaardingen, Vlaardingen, Netherlands 

Gallery Tiny Harlem, Latitudes Art Fair, Nelson Mandela, Johannesbourg, South-Africa 

2018

#InnerCities, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands 

Fertile grounds, OpenExpo,/City Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, Netherlands 

Antwerp Art Farir, OpenArtExchange, Antwerp, Belgium 

2017
«DYNAMIQUE» Trust Merchant Bank S.A. Le monde des flamboyants. Congo Kinshasa
2016
Vente aux enchères «journées scientifiques internationales Bel Campus. Congo Kinshasa
 
«Musée Urbains» atelier porte ouverte. Congo Kinshasa
2015
La paix entre les nations«ALL AFRICA» Congo Brazzaville
 
2014
Institut français de Kinshasa, Biennale d’Art Contemporain « YANGO » Kinshasa
 
Centre culturel Meko, «Master Art 2» Kin Arts studio. Kinshasa
 
2013
7ème Jeux de la Francophonie Nice/ France
 
« Express’ Art », Centre Wallonie Bruxelles de Kinshasa
 
«MAENDELO», Parlement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
 
Foire «OFF ART» Bruxelles, Belgique
 
«MAENDELO», Centre Wallon d’ArtContemporain, Flémalle,
Belgique.

Education

2014

“Master Art 2”, Kin Arts studio. Kinshasa

2013

Workshop «Mixed Media Painting» Académie des Beaux-Arts

2012

Formation photo animé par Roel Jocob’s, Académie Internationale D’ETE de Wallonie, Kinshasa

2010

Stage Corps et espace animé par Dominique et Eddy DEVOLDER, Académie International d’ETE de Wallonie, Kinshasa

2007

Formation de papier artisanal animé par Eddy DEVOLDER et Els, Académie International d’ETE de Wallonie, Kinshasa

Awards

2014

Lauréat du «Prix spécial de L’Union Européenne». Biennale « YANGO » Kinshasa

2011

Participant au Concours de Peinture «J’AI FAIS UN REVE» Ambassade des Etats-Unis en République Démocratique du Congo

2007

9 ièm place du concours de la «Société Congolaise et la Francophonie»

Publications

2016
Eventsrdc publie par Eventsrdc.com«Musée Urbains» 
 
2014
Eventsrdc publie par Eventsrdc.com
 
2013
La Libre.be« Quoi de neuf», 
 
Roger pierre turne
 
Charlzz.com publie
 
Catalogue 3eme Edition Dimension plurielle. Page 17
 
Catalogue MAENDELEO Artiste de Kinshasa et de Lubumbashi. Page 16 -17