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Congolese artist: Bodys Isek Kingelez

Bodys Isek Kingelez or Jean Baptiste (1948 to March 14, 2015) was a sculptor and artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, mostly known for his models of fantastic cities made of cardboard. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America, including exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the documenta XI in Kassel. Kingelez was born as Jean Baptiste in 1948 in Kimbembele-Ihunga in what was then the Belgian Congo. After graduating from secondary school he moved to Kinshasa in 1970. Until 1977 he studied part-time and supported himself by teaching at a school and by working as a restorer of tribal masks at the National Museum in Kinshasa. At the same time he began to create some of his first art works. Since 1985 he has dedicated himself entirely to his art. source

Kingelez in 2003 by Dirk Dumon

Some of his work…

Kinshasa la Belle (1991)

Kimbembele Ihunga (1994)


New Manhattan City  2001-2002

Kinshasa du troisième millénaire réalisé en 1997

Ville Fantôme, 1996