Kouka is a painter born in Paris in 1981. Originally from Congo, he ceaselessly questions his origins, through his paintings and street art. Asserting himself through an obsessive focus on the self-portrait, Kouka questions his identity. By adding his « Writings » to figurative elements, the artist creates a veil between his face and the viewer, the words are thought provoking and extend the impact of the self-portrait. Sometimes the subject recedes and allows the power of the text to appear. Indistinct, inscrutable, enigmatic, the language is not identified anymore, words turn into symbols, the power of interpretation is elsewhere.
Kouka’s researches are mainly revolving around the essence of human nature and the Bantus warriors in particular. According to him, they represent Man living in harmony with nature, a culture at peace with our planet. These Bantus warriors are now standing on the walls of many cities; the artist wishes to remind us that while a territory can be seized, culture cannot be taken over.
His work is characterised by expressiveness and spontaneity of gesture, deliberately showing the imperfections and the drips. An honest man who became an iconic artist of the Jardin Rouge residency.
Venus, Taglialatella Gallery, Paris, France
Humanités, Taglialatella Gallery, Paris, France
Dos au Mur, Jardin Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco
Ecce Homo, Taglialatella Gallery, Paris, France
XXL#2, Montresso* Art Space, Marrakech, Morocco
Voyage ethnique, NAG Not A Gallery, Paris, France
Exhibition with Wahib CHEHATA, Montresso* Art Space, Marrakech, Morocco
Joint Presence, with Wahib CHEHATA, Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat, Morocco
Fairs and biennials
Also Known As Africa (AKAA), Paris, France
Installation Le guerrier de la République, Dakar Biennale, Gorée Island, Senegal
« Inexterieur », FIAC, Paris, France
Awaln’Art Festival, installation, Marrakech, Morocco
« 8e Avenue », FIAC, Paris, France
WynwoodWalls, Miami, USA
VIDEOS of KOUKA
EVENTS with KOUKA