Congolese visual artist, videographer and performer Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo designed AAD’s logo in 2009. His work was on display at the French cultural centre in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, from February 10 to March 5, 2011.
After a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, his first solo show presents collages. The artist clips pictures of faces and limbs out of magazines to compose his works.
African Artists for Development has been following Bondo’s work for several years. A graduate of the Kinshasa Institute of Fine Arts and Academy in the early 2000s, he studied visual arts at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts from 2004 to 2005. AAD commissioned him to design its logo during his 2008-2009 Rijksakademie stay.
Bondo, who lives between the Congo and the Netherlands, is one of the young African contemporary artists seeking to turn away from “traditional” clichés of Africa and confront their continent’s reality at the same time as art in its global dimension.