Nsimba Mika took an early interest in drawing and ornamentation
and attended the painting department of the Kinshasa Academy
of Fine Art. He also went to ARAP, The Popular Art Research
Studio created by the artist Chéri Chérin who
later became his Master.
JP Mika improved his skills and became a member of APPO, The
Popular Painters Society. In 2004, he established his own Studio
and named it EBA, The Fine Arts Events.
Mika is an outstanding draftsman and he has long borrowed the
themes and compositions of his elders and his mentor Chéri
Chérin. As Chéri Samba before him, Mika puts himself
on stage in his works, painting self portraits or adding himself
in group composition - most of the time dressed as a sapeur
(group of well-dressed men). For the last couple of years, he
has develop his own style concentrated on portraits and simplifying
his composition by using colourful fabrics that he uses as a
background. This finding and the perfect use of
colour provides a positive energy to his work and that now profoundly
stands out from his peers. His very realistic paintings are
nevertheless benevolent and whatever the subject, he gently
and kindly paints a modern, dynamic and happy Africa.