Jonathan Vatunga

Painter | DR Congo

Jonathan Vatunga’s work originates in the observation of the daily struggles. It reflects a society where, as he says, “men are destroyed by men”.

“I represent distress, gently intertwined with joy to convey a message of peace, solidarity and hope by paying homage to these men, women and children while reflecting on their past and present, with the will to awaken society at last to project the future.”

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Jonathan Vatunga (1996), graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinsasha, DRC in 2017, received early recognition for his candid paintings and collages in his own unique style and symbolism. Originating from a society with many conflicts and issues and being forced into political refugeeship in France since late 2019, Vatunga is deeply committed to exposing his observations of daily struggles in society and finding new hope and solutions. In the world of Vatunga  “men are destroyed by men”, societies are fragile and disintegrated, full of injustice, with many people being displaced and suffering. Sometimes bordering the revolutionary, openly criticizing political leaders and situations, Vatunga also seeks to create hope, beauty and joy.

Vatunga typically presents a colourful and dynamic world in constant transformation bydepicting its people. He forms his different characters by superimposed lines, disintegrating or decomposing under the pressure of society. He often uses collages of photographs an/or strong symbolism to give meaning to his characters and uses glasses to reflect their inner visions.  He deconstructs the figure of the human body by showing the life that is being reconstructed, a story that is being rewritten.

Over the past few years, Vatunga has been participating internationally in many exhibitions in DR Congo, Ivory Coast,  Senegal, South-Africa, France, Netherlands and Hong Kong and has been auctioned in Paris.

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2021

Reflux (duo exhibition), OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

Artistic residence

2019

OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2018

Village Assouinde, Ivory Coast

Group exhibitions

2020

Discovery Art Fair, via OpenArtExchange, Frankfurt, Germany

Stanley’s auction, Brussels, Belgium

Roots,  OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands
 
Auction Rennes Enchères, Rennes, France
 
Art Capital, contemporary art fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France  
 
Hello 2020!,  OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2019

Darkness rising, Eclectica Contemporary Gallery, Capetown, South-Africa

Exhibition at Oda Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

St-ART Strasbourg, international art fair via OpenArtExchange, Strasbourg, France

Mulhouse Art Fair, international art fair via OpenArtExchange, Mulhouse, France

New World exhibiton OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

Congo Eyes exhibition at Afric’art Gallery Hong Kong (CHINA)

2018

Discovery exhibition at the Pullman Grand Hotel in Kinshasa Exhibition Auctions, Lisanga ya BIKOLO Gala

TASOK, Kinshasa, DR Congo

Gala Evening Exhibition, Ijaia Gallery ODE Africa Kinshasa, DR Congo

Exhibition Immigration and Integration, Dakar Biennial OFF, Senegal

Foundation exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa, DR Congo

Regards exhibition at Mechand Bank TMB Trust Bank, Kinshasa, DR Congo

Exhibition FARA at the foundation the house of the artist (Cote D’Ivore)

Exhibition Source of Talent, 75 years of the Académies des Beaux-Arts of Kinshasa, DR Congo

2017

Exhibition Open Door at the Embassy of Canada, Kinshasa, DR Congo

Exhibition Auctions, Elengi ya kokela TASOK Gala, Kinshasa, DR Congo

Exhibition, Sculpt our dreams Second edition at the Pullman Grand Hotel in Kinshasa, DR Congo.

Exhibition crossing at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa, DR Congo

2016

Art and Environment Exhibition at Trust Mechand Bank TMB Bank, Kinshasa Exhibition Plural Dimension at Wallonia Center Brussels, Kinshasa, DR Congo

2015

Open exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa, DR Congo

Emergence 2 exhibition at the Pullman Grand Hotel in Kinshasa. Exhibition, Passion of art at Pullman Grand hotel of Kinshasa, DR Congo

2014

Emergence exhibition at the Pullman Grand Hotel in Kinshasa, DR Congo

Collections

Jean Pigozzi, Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Switzerland

Thierry Lemoine Private Collection, France

Moreau Family Private Collection, France

Private Collection of Michel Champregne, France

Private Collection of Wirth Hortana, Haiti

Mboh Elango Private Collection, USA

Private Collection of Staines Couple, USA

Private collection of Matthew Steuer, USA

Private collection of Elisabeth Bitliff, Ghana

Private Collection of Christopher the Younger, Belgium

Steve Vermer Private Collection, Belgium

Private collection of Jamil, Brazil

Piette Private Collection, Hong Kong

Private Collection by Rene Houton Miles, Hungary

Ginnette Private Collection, Canada

Gérard Lokossou Private Collection, Ivory Coast

Private Collection of Othnan, Ivory Coast

Private collection of Sina Hanke, DR Congo

Rawbank Private Collection, DR Congo