Amani Bodo
Lives & Works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Amani Bodo takes his cue from popular culture in his native land. Bodo creates enigmatic images to narrate important events and themes. Within Bodo’s conception of art, culture occupies a central role and is described as the luxuriant flower of humanity. To Bodo, culture is the lifeblood that feeds and inspires each of us. However, unlike the founders of the Zaire School of Popular Painting, Pierre Bodo, Chéri Cherin, Chéri Samba and Moke, Bodo deviates from creating art in comic style in favour of metaphorical and allegorical painting that is rich in symbolism.  Bodo’s artistic language is decidedly more innovative and evolved than that of his masters, and is characterised by a deeper psycho-intellectual analysis and by a unique, complex, and detailed technique called in lingala “Mwangisa”,  a sort of “dripping” on the canvas. His paintings are often simultaneously surrealistic, fascinating, and displacing. Amani Bodo will be presented by Primo Marella Gallery. 
Amani Bodo, Le monde des observateurs, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 199.8 cm. Courtesy Primo Marella Gallery.

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