Papytsho Mafolo

Papytsho Mafolo

Biography

Born in the Démocratique République of Congo in 1977, Pitsho Mafolo's work depicts questions about the relativity between cultural identity and human behaviour. He questions cultural identity crises and the historical heritage of human societies, with a particular emphasis on African culture.

Fragments of bodies half man and half animal often appear in his painting, which tell the realities of an African culture fragmented by foreign hegemony.

Open-minded, Mafolo does not hesitate to experiment with new styles and techniques after research or during new artistic encounters which results are reflected, moreover, by the energy that emerges in his works.

In practice, his techniques usually involve a collage of golden leaves, printed images, acrylic but also oil paint and unfinished lines on a canvas. These unfinished lines, according to Papytsho, evoke an infinite world but also as a self-reminder that artistically, he has not arrived yet.

Papytsho’s work is included in the permanent collections of the UNESCO collection (France), Rotary Club Collection (Kinshasa), Shell Collection on (Kinshasa), King of Jordan private Collection and the D.R. Congolese Presidential Collection.

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