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Monsengo Shula

Monsengo Shula
Born in 1959 in Nioki, Democratic Republic of Congo


Born in 1959 in Nioki, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lives and works in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The quality of the drawings of this self-taught artist was quickly recognized by his peers. At the age of 19, Mosengo Shula began working as an assistant to his cousin, the famous painter Moke (1950-2001), master colorist and godfather of "popular painting": "Moke taught me all the nuances, all the gradations of color. By nature, I like the color blue, since I am soft and I do not speak much". During this collaboration, Shula developed his style and technique with color combinations. He then sought to make his own way by painting on postcards and practicing mural painting, before arriving at popular painting where he drew scenes from the street, daily life and religious. Anxious not to do déjà-vu, he chooses other subjects, such as globalization, the Internet and the speed of the world today.
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Color combinations are characteristic of Shula Mosengo's painting. His mixtures of colors seem to transcend reality and give his paintings dreamlike impressions. This use of color distinguishes him from other masters of popular painting (Chéri Samba, Chéri Chérin, Moke). His allegorical subjects and a "fauve" color palette explain this surrealist aspect. Shula invites the viewer into his world filled with imaginary scenes. Colorful, full of humor and mischief, Shula's narrative paintings represent mainly the daily life of his compatriots, not without criticizing corruption or the influence of the churches: "The painter is useful because we say out loud what others think down. The artist intends to raise awareness and elevate the population, while condemning political injustice.
His works bring a fresh perspective to universal issues such as global warming, international politics and the use of technology. The artist explores the rise of globalization in African landscapes, environmental changes and developments on the continent.
Shula is also interested in "modern addictions". Headphones, cables, USB sticks and mobile devices constitute his "Afro-futuristic" images showing the ambivalence of modernity, between universal connectivity and dependence on virtualities and social networks. In this sense, Shula questions the relationship between modernity and tradition by integrating African engravings and traditional sculptures in her work. Looking at their importance and participation in today's societies, her works question Africa's ability to observe and direct its own involvement and future in the real world:
"Sooner or later the world will change, and sooner or later everyone will have to talk about Africa. It's not just artistic, it's political. We are the biggest continent, we are the crossroads of the whole world. We must continue to emerge on the world stage and we have everything we need. There is gold, copper, oil, diamonds, everything we need in terms of natural resources.

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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 Ngaimoko,

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


Monsengo Shula


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, NYC, Opens This Week

Art Africa
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05.05.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

Monsengo Shula


Fondation cartier traces the creative spirit of the democratic republic of the Congo

Designboom

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By Suhei Senda

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19.12.2015
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Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


On Art In Africa by André Magnin

Crash

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By Armelle Leturcq

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15.12.2015
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Monsengo Shula


La revanche de l'art africain contemporain

Le journal du dimanche

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By Marie-Anne Klieber

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06.12.2015
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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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Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Monsengo Shula


Le boom événementiel de l'art contemporain africain

RFI

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By Akouavi Assogba-Migan

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30.10.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


La beauté du Congo se dévoile à Paris

Sept Info

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By Sylvie Rantrua

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03.10.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Monsengo Shula


La rumba, bande-originale des mutations de la société congolaise

Le Monde

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By Véronique Mortaigne

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24.09.2015
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Kiripi Katembo,

Monsengo Shula


Fou du Congo !

France Inter

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By Stéphane Capron

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03.09.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Kinshasa laboratoire des arts

Alternatives Internationales

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By Léa-Lisa Westerhoff

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01.09.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Beauté Congo go, go, go !

Art Tension

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By Patrick Lefur

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01.09.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Découvre des oeuvres d'art d'un pays quatre fois plus grand que la France

Le Petit Quotidien
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24.08.2015
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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,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Congolese art at Fondation Cartier

Financial Times

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By Emma Crichton-Miller

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07.08.2015
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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 Ngaimoko,

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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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


L'exposition « Beauté Congo » un succès inattendu

France 3 Ile-de-France

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By Isabelle Audin

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31.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Showcasing Congolese Art

International New-York Times

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By Rachel Donadio

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28.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


De la brousse à la ville, la grande mutation des artistes congolais

La Croix

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By Sabine Gignoux

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27.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

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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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Congo Vision: A Homeland As Its Artists Render It

The New-York Times

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By Rachel Donadio

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25.07.2015
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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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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Le Congo, inépuisable mine d'art

Libération

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By Maria Malagardis

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23.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Beauté Congo, Congo Kitoko. Le reflet de la créativité congolaise

Agence d'information d'Afrique centrale

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By Meryll Mezath.

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23.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Vital Congo

Point de vue

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By Pierre Castel

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22.07.2015
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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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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

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,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Auf der wahren Karte der Welt liegt Europa unten

Die Welt

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By Von Johannes Wetzel

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17.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Chéri Samba : « l'exposition Beauté Congo va changer quelque chose ».

RFI

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By Siegfried Forster

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14.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

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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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Congolese Art in Full Color

The Wall Street Journal

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By Tobias Grey

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10.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


On se laisse emporter par

ELLE

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By Caroline Six

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10.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngaimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo

The Wall Street International Online
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18.06.2015
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