Aime Mpane - Kinoct VI, X, XV
Kinoct VI, X, XV
3 works: each oil and pigments on hand carved wood. Each 30 x 31 cm. Signed, dated and titled 'Aimé Mpane "Kinoct 2011" VI' resp. 'X' resp. XV' verso on wood. - Minor traces of age.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo and its relationship to Belgium provides multidisciplinary artist Aimé Mpane with a fountain of inspiration - not only in the strength and beauty he sees in the faces of his fellow peoples, but even in both countries' dark and complex histories. Although born in Kinhasa and residing in Brussels, Mpane would not consider himself a resident of either. Mpane's artwork navigates through his personal and artistic experiences in Congo and Belgium's post-colonial worlds and the relationship they now have, bravely exploring difficult and convoluted themes of identity and place in the aftermath of a painful history that continues to shape both countries today. The strength of Mpane's work perhaps lies in his ability to use various media - painting, sculpture, installation and video - to both engage with his countries' difficult past and illustrate his positive outlook for future generations, providing his audience with an enriching view of identity and self in the contemporary world.
Nomad Gallery, Brussels; private collection, Europe
Daniel Milroy Maher, Aimé Mpane's paintings confront the legacy of colonialism in Congo, in: It's Nice That, 27. February (https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/aime-mpane-art-270219, 27.2.2019);
Basler Zeitung, Aimé Mpane, Spass an der Kunst, Basel 21.6.2014, n.pag. with illus.
Nomad Gallery, Aimé Mpane, Arts 10+2, exhib.cat., Brussels 2012, n.pag. with colour illus.
Brussels 2011 (Nomad Gallery), Aime Mpane, Kinoct