JP Kiangu

Congolese. b 1977
Works and Lives in Kinshasa, DRC

JP Kiangu is a Congolese painter known for his rich and lively use of color and humorous themes. Finding inspiration in nature, humans are frequently portrayed in whimsical and joyful animal forms.  Kiangu’s current style of painting is known as “KIZOBAZOBA,” which translates from the artist’s native Lingala to “the art of fooling around.” These works are often include scraps of recycled traditional fabrics, adding additional color and texture. Kiangu studied for many years under one of the DRC’s best known contemporary painters: Cheri-Cherin.  He is a graduate of Kinshasa’s Académie des Beaux-Arts.