London

Amani Bodo
Born 1988 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Amani Bodo takes his cue from the Zaire School of Popular Painting, an artistic movement that emerged in the 1970s in Kinshasa, and the life of his native land. The nature of Popular Painting is visceral and complex as it criticises the social and political life of the African community, often with a vein of cynicism and irony, addressing topics such as war, sexuality, and daily life.  Unlike the founders of the artistic movement, Bodo deviates from the comic style in favour of metaphorical and allegorical painting rich in symbolism. The artistic language of Bodo is characterised by a psycho-intellectual analysis and by a detailed technique called in Lingala, ‘Mwangisa,’ or a sort of ‘dripping’ on the canvas. The artist creates enigmatic images to narrate important events and themes, with visions often surreal and never predictable.
Amani Bodo, Le Secret, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 190 cm. Courtesy of Primo Marella Gallery and the artist.

Artists 2022