Bandoma describes his work as recycling found objects, appropriating
imagery from contemporary advertising and magazines, in order
'to breathe new life into them'. In his most recent series,
the artist creates imagined portraits of the inhabitants of
Congo's sprawling capital Kinshasa. A shape shifting species
of genetic mutations, his images are contemporary embodiments
of traditional African gods and fetish objects.
Bandoma combines acrylic, watercolour, felt-tip pen, ink, and
collage, often on handmade paper to give these works a tangible
energy. Splashes of paint and bursts of colour add violence
and urgency to his portraits. Inspired by the chaos of daily
life and the fast moving media that make up Kinshasa's street
culture, the artist's aesthetic approach and choice of materials
reflect a dynamism in new artistic trends stemming from Africa.
Steve Bandoma lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic
of Congo. His work has been acquired by the CAAC Pigozzi Collection,
Geneva, and exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, USA,
and the Cartier Foundation, Paris.