Christian Badibanga (AKA Ba)

B. 1987; Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC

Congolese artist Christian Badibanga, known as “Ba,” has a unique style and technique not found among other contemporary Congolese artists. His works feature neutral colors— browns, black, white, grey— and swirling lines that appear to be without beginning or end. He mixes coffee, acrylic, and buttons that he finds by chance, on white canvas. His anthropoid, cycolptic figures reflect both the dark realities of society while at the same time representing our ability to rebuild and reconstruct ourselves and continue to live life in dignity.