Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, the rising Congolese artist you need to know

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga is one of the most exciting young artists working in Africa today. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, Ilunga draws influence from the cultural hybridity and structural complexity of Kinshasa. In spite of the limiting conditions imposed by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile conditions, the artist’s paintings emerge out of a materially rich visual world of patterns and textures.

The artist pays tribute to the dying warrior culture known as the Mangbetu through his latest series of canvases.

Ilunga’s work has been exhibited in South Africa, Europe and the United States, as African art has grown increasingly more popular.

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