Théo Mwamba

Congolese, Born 1997
Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC

Congolese artist Théo Mwamba’s works highlight the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s past and present, conveying strong social messages. Scenes of children working– a reality of life in Kinshasa, the country’s capital– include barcodes to symbolize children as commercial items. His series paying tribute to the victims of the brutal exploitation of the country under King Leopold II’s Congo Free State are deeply haunting. The artist employs a highly original technique, painting on canvas prints of archival photographs from the DRC’s colonial past or his own photos taken in the streets of Kinshasa. Born in 1997 in the Kasai region of the DRC, Théo grew up in Lubumbashi and now lives and works in Kinshasa. He is a graduate of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa.