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Kura Shomali

Born in 1979, Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lives and works in Kinsahasa, Democratic Republic of Congo



In 2001, Kura Shomali interrupted his medical studies, and integrated the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa where he took part of the creation of  the group EZA possible.

He creates works on paper in which he mixes with charcoal daring, ball pen, gouache, ink, marker and collage that give the texture and the unique aspect to his work.His first drawings, made in a kind of "emergency" are inspired by the Kinshasa bubbling and magazines that will circulate from hand to hand. His work is a reflection of the chaotic megalopolis where he lives and that he "digests" as he explains himself. In his most recent works, Kura Shomali appropriates images of  well known African photographers  and artists that he interprets with humor.

He also makes puppets from recycled materials, that he stages on videos and makes talk in order to expose corruption and conflicts that plagues his country.

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PUBLICATIONS

Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele,

Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

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Author : Textes de Thomas Bayet, In Koli Jean Bofane, Michael De Plaen, Frédéric Lomami Haffner, Nancy Rose Hunt, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, Elikia M'Bokolo, André Magnin, Dominique Malaquais, Pedro Monaville, Bob W. White et entretiens avec de nombreux artistes
Editor : Édition Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
2015
African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum,

Kura Shomali

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa,

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS


Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Marché de l'art: voici l'Afrique contemporaine

Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern

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09.08.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

André Magnin,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Marché de l'art : voici l'Afrique contemporaine

Le Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern

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09.08.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Houston Maludi,

JP Mika,

Kura Shomali


L'Afrique invité d'honneur pour Art Paris Art Fair 2017

AMA
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06.04.2016
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Kura Shomali


L'artiste congolais Kura Shomali: «Il vaut mieux écouter ton perroquet»

RFI

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By Siegfried Forster

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29.12.2015
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Kura Shomali


Kura Shomali

Africanah.org
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07.12.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo 1926 - 2015 Congo Kitoko, A Century of Congolese Art

Blog : anotherwayoflooking.
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03.12.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kura Shomali


OFFICIELLE : deuxième lieu d'exposition de la FIAC et possibles découvertes

Culurebox_France Tv Info_Blog

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By Thierry Hay

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21.10.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


A Paris, le Congo en toute liberté

Le Temps

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By Laurent Wolf

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14.08.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


En images: portrait de 8 flamboyants artistes congolais

Le vif

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By Michel Verlinden

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12.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo, les couleurs en rythme

Le Figaro

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By Valérie Sasportas

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03.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


Expo : oh le beau Congo !

Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern.

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31.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


90 ans d'art congolais à Paris : quels talents !

Gala

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By Juliette Serfati

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26.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


Toutes les couleurs du Congo

Le Parisien

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By Yves Jaeglé

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24.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


Quatre maîtres de la peinture congolaise

Les Inrockuptibles

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By Renaud Monfourny

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22.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Un certain regard

Jeune Afrique

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By Séverine Kodjo Grandvaux

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19.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


De la colonie belge à la RDC, splendeur de l'art congolais

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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18.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo : l'art congolais, une créativité unique en Afrique

RFI

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By Siegfried Forster

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18.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


L'art contemporain en Afrique. Voyez Beauté Congo (1926-2015), à la Fondation Cartier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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13.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Afrique-Art contemporain : passion Congo

Le Point Afrique

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By Valérie Marin la Meslée

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09.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Passion Congo

Le Point

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By Valérie Marin La Meslée

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09.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Congo moderne, Congo contemporain à la Fondation Cartier

Connaissance des arts

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By Myriam Boutoulle

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01.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo

The Wall Street International Online
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18.06.2015
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Kura Shomali


Kura Shomali : Drawing Now, Paris

Africanah.org
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28.03.2015
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