Maludi, Houston
Born 1978 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Houston Maludi studied at the Beaux-Arts School of Kinshasa. Once graduated, he began his own aesthetic research under the influence of Cubist Painters Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Maludi works to find an alternate approach to geometric shapes and collage, having coined his own style: monochromatic cubism, symbiotic quantum. His works are rendered as intricate, monochromatic line paintings and drawings that map out psychological cartographies of life in Kinshasa. Desiring simplicity and a strong contrast, Maludi has reduced his tonal palette to the use of two colors often black or red and white. According to Maludi, this emphasises the work’s distinct geometry and thus reveals a formalistic truth. His recent exhibitions include Dans le regard de l’autre, Le Carreau, Cergy; Afrik’Expo, Libreville(2016) and exhibitions in Miami (2016); Brussels, Belgium and Paris (2017).
Houston Maludi, African Society, 2017, Chinese ink on canvas, 135 x 200 cm, 53 x 78 in. Courtesy MAGNIN-A