Born in 1979 in Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
In 2001, Kura Shomali interrupted his medical studies to join the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and participate in the formation of the Eza Possibles. Shomali predominately works on paper, combining bold charcoal, ballpoint pen, gouache, ink, marker and collage, which create the unique texture and appearance of his works. His first drawings were made in a sort of ‘emergency’, inspired by the hustle and bustle of Kinshasa, urban advertising and the magazines that circulated at the time. Shomali’s work is reflective of the chaotic megalopolis where he lives and, in his words ‘digests’. Shomali also works with puppetry, staging challenging narratives which are then filmed, by way of exposing the corruption and political turmoil of his country.
Exhibitions include What About Africa?, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam (2016); Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris (2015) and Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013).