Monsengo Shula

Congolese, b. 1959
Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC

Monsengo Shula is known for his colorful works combined with surreal imagery.  His narrative paintings subtly describe key political and social issues in his native Democratic Republic of Congo, both celebrating and questioning key issues.  Whether focused on the role of technology, the future, astronauts, or portraits, Shula’s works are both joyful and optimistic.  While self-taught, Shula studied under the master of Congolese popular painting, Moke.