Born in 1981, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo is a prominent figure in the Congolese art scene, regarded as a young and promising painter with great potential.
A graduate of the Kinshasa Institute of Fine Arts, he studied visual arts at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts from 2004 to 2005. He then did an artist’s residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2009. While there, he had his first solo show, where he presented collages made from magazine pictures of faces and limbs.
Bondo, who splits his time between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Netherlands, is one of the young contemporary African artists seeking to split from the traditional ideas surrounding the continent and instead confront its reality.
He defines his work as a combination of painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Bondo’s reflection on the body is at the same time a reflection on society and politics.