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A figurative and symbolic artist, Amani Bodo has carved out a unique niche in Congolese painting, combining serious and funny, local and international, realist and surrealist subjects. His unparalleled Pointillist backgrounds are his hallmark.

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Born in Kinshasa (DRC) in 1988. He lives in Kinshasa.

Amani Bodo is the youngest son of the late-lamented Pierre Bodo (1953-2015). The young Amani had a great gift for drawing and found his vocation at a very young age. He began painting at the age of 10, sold his first canvas at the age of 16, and began to make a living as an artist at 20. By the age of 21, his works were part of the famous Pigozzi Collection. Having tried his hand at the popular style, Amani found his way with a figurative and symbolic style with a surrealist feel, drawing inspiration from the family’s artistic world. Bodo depicts his ideas, visions and sometimes even his dreams on canvas. He frequently draws inspiration from international events. The artist calls the backgrounds of his canvases “mwangisa”, referring to the rash of flecked colours, a cosmic nebula which immediately grabs the attention and contributes to the dazzling yet mysterious feel of his works.

Amani Bodo is also a master of the art of painting sapeurs (dandies). In 2016, his Tambola Malembe exhibition at the Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre in Kinshasa proved to be a resounding success, with the works including the Tous sapeurs series. His work is regularly exhibited at art fairs in Europe and is presented in sales rooms.

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