Steve Bandoma

Painter | DR Congo

Steve Bandoma is concerned about themes such as enculturation, identity, conflict between tradition and modernity and the materiality of the West world. However, he addresses these topics through his works with humor, in an ironic way most of the times.

“My work always seeks new ways to explore human nature, emotions, experiences, feelings, insights in a way that lift people out of their daily lives.”

Artworks

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Steve Bandoma was born in 1981in Kinshasa. After his studies, he was part of the creators of Librisme Syngerie, an Avant-Gard collective that suggested a free and innovative approach to art. This is still present in most of his works. After trying many techniques, different art fields and materials, he has adopted a very personal technique, mostly consisting of paintings and collages on paper or sculptures made by recycled materials. He is driven by issues like politics, religion, the environment or racial differences, always expressed in a very chaotic and bizarre way in order to reflect the energy and violence of the present world, although the final product does usually result in a harmonious composition. 

Bandoma considers himself ‘contemporary’ and ‘universal’, therefore, he is concerned about themes such as enculturation, identity, conflict between tradition and modernity and the materiality of the West world. However, he addresses these topics through his works with humor, in an ironic way most of the times.

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2017

Possession, EspaceTexaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, R.D. Congo

2015

Swab Art Fair, solo show presented for the Gallery Angalia, Barcelona, Spain

2014

Kin la bele, Jack Bell Gallery, London, Royaume Uni

2013

“Combat du siècle”, Gallery Antonio Nardone, Brusseles, Belgium

Jack Bell Gallery, London, United Kingdom

“Mutatis Mutandis”, Centre Culturel Français de Kinshasa, R.D. Congo

2012

Jack Bel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

‘L’heure des shocs’, Wallonie Brussels International de Kinshasa

2011

Centre Culturel Français, Pointe-Noire, Congo Brazavile

2009

“Féminisme”, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris

AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2008

“Contempocalypse” Aliance Française du Cape Town

Group exhibitions

2019

“New World”, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Neterlands

“Généalogies Futures”, Biennale de Lubumbashi

Kinshasa Megapolis, Grassi Muséum, Leipzig, Germany

2018

Evora Africa, Magnin-A, Portugal

2016

“Demain Kinshasa”, Journées Utopiques, Programme Culturel Franco Alemand, Institut Français, Kinshasa, R.D. Congo

“African Artists Enlightenment”, African Artists for Development (AAD), Abidjan, Côte d’Lvoire

2015

“African Artists Enlightenment”, African Artists for Development (AAD), Paris

“Towards Intersection”, Kauru Contemporary Art from Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

African Imagined, Sandtown Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Beauté Congo-Congo Kitoko, Foundation Cartier, Paris

Ostrale ‘015, 9th International Exhibition Contemporary of Art, Germany

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, Somerset House, London

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, NewYork

“Congo across the water”, New Orleans Museum of Art, USA

2014

“Congo across the water”, Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, USA

“Congo across the water”, Musée Royal del’ Afrique Central, Tervuren, Belgium

2013

Paris Art Fair, Magnin-A, Paris

Galerie Antonio Nardone, OFF Art Fair, Brussels

London Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, London

“Congo across the water”, Le Musée Samuel P. Méfaits, Florida, USA

“Congo across the water”, University Press of Florida, USA

“Maendeleo”, Centre Walon d’Art Contemporain, Chantainairaie, Belgium

Lubumbashi Inakaribisha Kinshasa, Dialogues ASBL, Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo

2012

Les Fanthomes à Jack cloche Gallery, London

The Menippean uprising, Blank project gallery, Cape Town

2011

Focus11, Contemporary African Art, Salon d’Art Basel, Switzerland

“Frech”, Everard Read Galery, Cape Town

“Deux mille dix raisons de vivre dans une petite ville”, Ghothe on Main, Johannesburg

2010

Focus10, Contemporary African Art, Salon d’Art, Basel, Switzerland

“Space”, Devises in the Contemporary African Art, Musée del’Afrique, Johannesburg

2008

“Le meilleur del’artreach”, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

“Intervention”, Unisa Arts Galery, Pretoria, South Africa

“Abazobie”, Nelson Mandela Museum, Cape Town

2007

“Human Trafficking”, Iziko Slave Lodge National Museum, Cape Town

Cape Biennale, Blank Project Gallery, Cape Town

2006

“Human Trafficking”, Iziko Musée National, Capetown

2004

Village artistique, (Édition1,2,3), Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

2002

Gallery du Centre Culturel Boboto, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

Gallery del ‘Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

Artistic residence

2019

OpenArtExchnage, Schiedam, The Neterlands

Généalogie futures, Pisha, Biennal of Lubumbashi

2012

“Mutatismutandis”, Institut Français, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

2011

Foundation Nirox, with Geofrey Hendrick and Lorenzo Fusi, Johannesburg

Institut Français de Pointe-noire, Congo Brazavile

2009

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Main d’oeuvres, Esapce for Creation and Citizen, Paris

Businessman, Infecting the City Festival, Africa Centre, Cape Town

F+F École des Arts, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Visa for the Culture) Zürich, Switzerland

2008

Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

Publicatons

“Congo across the water”, Musée Royal de l’Afrique centrale, Tervuren, Belgium. Exhibition Catalogue

“Congo across the water”, Musée Samuel P.Méfaits, Floride. Exhibition Catalogue

“Congo across the water”, University press of Florida, USA. Exhibition Catalogue

3rd Edition Journal SAVVY for the texts critiques about the Contemporary African Art. Magazine

“L’heure de chocs”, Walonie Brussls International. Exhibition Catalogue

“L’Espace”, monnaie in the Contemporary African Art. Coffee table book.

POP. Coffee table book

“Intervention”, UNISA Art Gallery. Exhibition Catalogue