Sango Malamu (La bonne nouvelle), 2019
Glitters on fabric
CM H 149.86 W 119.38
IN H 59 W 47Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist
Jean Paul Nsimbe Mika - JP Mika
After having followed painting courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa, JP Mika attended ARAP, a Popular Art Research Workshop, created by the artist Chéri Chérin and with whom he perfected his technique. In 2004, he created his own workshop, which he named EBA (Événement des Beaux-Arts).
An exceptional draftsman, JP Mika has long borrowed the themes and compositions of his elders and mentor Chéri Chérin. Like Chéri Samba before him, Mika often stages himself, painting self-portraits or integrating into a group composition, always dressed as a Sapper. He developed his own style, centred on the portrait, simplifying his staging by using fabrics with very colourful motifs as backgrounds. This "discovery" and the unconstrained use of colour give a very positive energy to her work, which now stands out deeply from the works of her peers. His very realistic compositions, with an incredible attention to detail, tendernessly depict a modern, dynamic and joyful Africa.
MAGNIN-A is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2009 in Paris by André Magnin and directed by Philippe Boutté. They are acknowledged experts in Contemporary and Modern African Art. Sharp eyed for new talents, the MAGNIN-A gallery represents established and emerging artists.
MAGNIN-A works with passion and determination for the promotion and the diffusion of its artists' work on the greatest Arts Fairs and International Exhibitions.
Independent curator since the late 1970's, André Magnin started working on non-western Contemporary Art in 1989 with the historic exhibition " Magiciens de la Terre" at the Centre Pompidou and at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, exhibition for which he was co-curator. He then became the head of the C.A.A.C.-The Pigozzi Collection, the most important collection of African Contemporary Art. During 20 years he shared his life between Europe and Africa. In 1996 he met Philippe Boutté who became his closest collaborator.
André Magnin has organized numerous exhibitions in prestigious museums, Art Centers and Foundations, worldwide: Out of Africa (Saatchi Gallery, London); African Art Now (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Malick Sidibé Mali Twist, Beauté Congo, J'aime Chéri Samba (Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris); Les initiés (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris); Arts of Africa (Grimaldi Forum, Monaco); 100% Africa (Guggenheim, Bilbao); Why Africa ? (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli); Africa : una nuova storia (Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma); ou encore African Stories (Marrakech); Alighiero e Boe...