Painting: Aza Mansongi and Jonathan Vatunga take a look from Congo to Hong Kong

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02 Mar 2019

The two young Congolese painters from Douala and Kinshasa share the spotlight at the CongoEyes exhibition of the AfricArt gallery, which is held from March 3 to 31 on the Chinese island.


The opening of the exhibition takes place this March 2 to give visitors the opportunity to see the works up close and personally. Until March 31, the exhibition will be free to access by appointment from Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the context of the CongoEyes exhibition (the eyes of the Congo), Aza has represented human faces, fish, etc., whose eyes are particularly highlighted. The case in particular of the "Boomerang " table . She already lets us know that  "all the paintings are expressive" . For her,"there is not one which is more important than the other because each one has a personal history" .

Indeed, we observe that Aza likes to superimpose very expressive faces with traditional African masks which she mixes with elements of modern technology. The canvas "Carrefour" presented below is, moreover, a beautiful illustration. In this way it creates links between the past and the present. Thus, his colorful canvases, whose expressions are often joyful, are perceived as a true celebration of life itself.

Young painter, unearthed in the wave of recent graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts, Jonathan Vatunga quickly made a name for himself with multilayer works made of paint, glue and engravings that combine abstraction and realism. He pays attention to the importance of social interactions in his art. Faced with the effects of globalization on cultural and personal identities, Jonathan encourages sharing his experiences without losing his own personality. At his level, he expresses this will through visual language, mixing abstraction and realism, creating human faces that are both unique and plural. This is the case of the "Fashion or manners" canvas where the addition of paint, glue and engravings strengthens the duality between the collective and individual aspects of our existence.The common point with AZa is the emphasis placed on the eyes in Jonathan's paintings, bringing visitors to see the world through the eyes of the Congo...Click to continue reading


Author: Nioni Masela

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