Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga explores the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that have taken place since colonialism. Increasingly globalised, there is a sense in the DRC that some of its people are rejecting its heritage, a conflict that fuels Kamuanga Ilunga’s work. His large-scale figurative compositions possess a depth of historical understanding, with a striking and sophisticated interplay of the intensity of space juxtaposed with emptiness.
In 2017, Kamuanga Ilunga’s work was included in the exhibition African-Print Fashion Now!, at the Fowler Museum, UCLA, touring to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, and Mint Museum, Charlotte. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including Frist Art Museum, Tennessee; Kunsthaus, Graz; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham; Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, both London. His work is in important private and public collections including the Private Collection of Laurence Graff OBE; the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover; Zeitz Collection of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; and the Norval Foundation, Cape Town.