Bodo Pambu was born in 1953 in Mandu, Democratic Republic of
Congo. He lived and worked in Kinshasa.
Pambu was one of the founders and key proponents along with
Samba of what has come to be known as the Zaïre
school of popular painting. Their works state vigorously and
candidly their belief in their capacity to create art that could
change the course of history.
Bodo chose to paint anything and describe everything that he
had seen and experienced. His works then successively became
chronicles, pamphlets, manifestos, demands or advice. His objectives
were not selfish: he was a popular painter. One of Bodo's main
themes was the Ndoki Zoba (sorcery) and the aim
of these paintings was to advise on abandoning the practice
of sorcery. In 1980, he converted to Christianity, and joined
the Pentecostal church. He became one of the most impassioned
pastors of world evangelism, and was convinced that
it would change his life.
the early 1990s, Bodo Pambu improved his style considerably
so as to be able to express my major personal ideas and
have more impact. My goals being: the improvement of life, and
of visible things, and to share my dreams of a better world.
he dealt with symbolic or fantasy subject matter, with a strange
imagination that was fed by his dreams. I express everything
that happens to me, so that I am no longer focused on specifically
African topics and can address myself to the entire world.
The titles of his works: River of Delights, Ignorance, or Love,
the Source of Life, perfectly echo his beliefs and his aesthetic
Bodo passed away on the 5th of March, 2015.