Hilary BALU KUYANGIKO

    Hilaire Balu Kuyangiko was born in 1992 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), where he lives and works.

    Contemporary Congolese artist with a degree in visual arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, he collaborates with the Kin Art Studio (KAS) in Kinshasa. He is co-founder of the group Vision Total (vi.to).

    As a multidisciplinary artist, his work deals with the process of reflection in which the re-appropriation and contextualization of the aesthetics and philosophy of the ancestral myths of the Kongo appear at the crossroads of world iconography. The Nkisi Mangaaka, the subject of his questioning, takes a pre-eminent place as a timeless divinity now erased by the new gods of consumerism. The hybrid images revealed in his works act as a metaphor for the process of identity that lies in the unequal cultural exchange between the African continent and the rest of the world.

    His works are part of the collections of the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Johannesburg and the Leipzig Museum and in private collections.

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