Angalia - African contemporary art
Angalia - African contemp
Angalia - African contemporary art


Exhibitions, events, new developments...: stay informed about the gallery and its artists’ news, in Congo and elsewhere.

05 APRIL 2019 | SONGI SONGI NA KINSHASA - A Kura Shomali solo exhibition

Kura Shomali  is presenting a large solo exhibition from 5 to 30 April 2019 at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa in partnership with Angalia art gallery. 

Songi songi na Kinshasa - are the buzz and gossip from the city...faithful to his approach, Kura has taken ownership of urban stories and has become a commentator. Kura has taken his colourful imagination for a stroll around the great human theatre, above and beyond the buzz and moods of the capital, from Katanga to China, not forgetting his beloved members of the academy.

Read the exhibition catalogue.

26 FEBRUARY 2019 | CFAO Young Talent Competition #2

Angalia is glad to announce the second edition of the CFAO young talent competition. 
Organised in partnership with Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre in Kinshasa and with the support of the CFAO group in DRC, this competition initiated in 2018 seeks to encourage the work of talented young Congolese artists and identify the leading artists of the future. The competition is open to all Congolese artists under the age of 30. Artists wishing to enter the competition must drop off two original artworks on 3 or 4 May 2019 at the Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre. The first prize will be US$ 1,500 and second prize will be US$ 1,000.

The full competition rules (in French) can be viewed here

5 FEBRUARY 2019 | Gaël Maski joins the gallery

We are delighted and proud to welcome Gaël Maski, our top choice at the start of 2019. Born in Kalemie in 1990, Maski grew up in Kinshasa, where he lives and works. Maski creates photo collages on wood or canvas and these works blend the real and the imaginary. He takes photos of social reality and then deconstructs his own snapshots and recomposes a new reality, the projection of a dreamlike world. A unique universe, an already strong artistic hallmark, and very promising to boot!

Read his profile
View his works

10 DECEMBER 2018 | Freddy Tsimba celebrates human rights in Paris

On 6 December 2018, at the bottom of the Théâtre national de Chaillot  's magnificent staircase and in front of the theatre's director, Didier Deschamps, Matthias Leridon and representatives of the Manège de Chaillot trust fund, and his mother and grandmother who had flown in specially for the occasion, Tsimba became emotional when he recalled just how far he has come. His work Porteuse de vies was unveiled in front of an audience that had come to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Donated by the Manège de Chaillot trust fund to the theatre, Tsimba's work is the first addition to the theatre's decor since 1937. The 4m plus work represents a woman made of cartridge cases and bearing an open book made of keys, "giving us the keys so that today human beings can triumph and to state loudly and clearly that life is priceless."

See the video report of Le Point magazine on Dailymotion. (French)

10 OCTOBER 2018 | Angalia looks forward to seeing you at AKAA on 9-11 November 2018

The gallery will be exhibiting at the third AKAA   which will take place at the Carreau du Temple in Paris from 9-11 November. The art fair is continuing to grow with no fewer than 49 exhibitors this year.
Angalia will be showcasing a selection of works by Amani BodoFrancis MampuyaJP MikaKura Shomali and Freddy Tsimba. The works depict the kaleidoscope of joys and difficulties of Congolese life: violence and oppression, a yearning for the good times, extravagance, hope and irony. 
Collector’s preview and opening reception on Thursday 8 November (invitation only). 

28 APRIL 2018 | Francis Mampuya holds a solo exhibition in Kinshasa

Over 50 new works on canvas and paper by Francis Mampuya will be showcased from 27 April to 28 May 2018 at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa in partnership with Angalia.  

“Francis’ works focus resolutely on humans: pictorial representations of the body, face, characteristics, houses, chairs, and symbols of oppression. In his works, he rejects injustice, arbitrariness, the environment being ruined, people forgetting or looking down on Africa, and the horrendous journey to Europe endured by migrants. His work fluctuates between semi-figurative and abstract. While a certain formal beauty does emerge from his abstract works, it would be wrong to think that they are only about the use of colour. His abstract works always seek to be allusive. Each work focuses on its subject. The message is most frequently sombre and pain is never far away. Faces have no mouths because the voice of the people is gagged or inaudible and silhouettes are blurred because everything is uncertain and confused.”

Enjoy a sneak preview of the exhibition catalogue.

6 FEBRUARY 2018 | Make way for young talent - a highly original competition in Kinshasa!

Angalia is delighted to announce the first ever edition of the CFAO young talent competition. Organised in partnership with Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre in Kinshasa and with the support of the CFAO group in DRC, this novel initiative seeks to encourage the work of talented young Congolese artists and identify the leading artists of the future. The competition is open to all Congolese artists under the age of 30 and who work in one of the following disciplines: drawing, installations, modelling, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed techniques or video. Artists wishing to enter the competition must drop off two original artworks on Thursday 3 or Friday 4 May 2018 at the Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre. A judging panel of experienced artists, public figures with the necessary expertise, and collectors, will select the winners. The members of the judging panel, including major names from the Congolese art scene, will soon be revealed.  The first prize will be US$ 2,500 and second prize will be US$ 1,500.

The full competition rules (in French) can be viewed here  and on, as well as at the Texaf-Bilembo cultural centre (372 avenue Colonel Mondjiba, Kinshasa Gombe, DRC).

25 OCTOBER 2017 | Angalia looks forward to seeing you at AKAA on 9-12 November

The gallery will be at the second AKAA  contemporary art and design fair at the Carreau du Temple in Paris from 9-12 November. Bolstered by the success of its first edition, the fair will host 38 international galleries and 150 artists from 28 countries, a parallel cultural programme, and events. 
Angalia will showcase a selection of new works by  Steve BandomaAmani BodoJP MikaKura Shomali and Freddy Tsimba, who is set to attend the fair. The common thread will be humans and how they are depicted in the unique work of each artist, in a place where imagination and eccentricity rub shoulders with venality, coercion and oppression.
Collector’s preview and opening reception on Thursday 9 November (invitation only)

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Request our catalogues

Angalia has published several catalogues, including four in partnership with the Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa, to coincide with exhibitions jointly organized with the centre (Artiste JP Mika !, Tsham-Œuvres récentes, Amani Bodo – Tambola Malembe, Steve Bandoma – Possession). Angalia has also published Kinshasa quotidien, a catalogue of painted miniatures by Papa Mfumu’Eto 1st depicting the daily lives of the people of Kinshasa via their consumer goods. You can view them online by going to If you wish to purchase the printed catalogues, please contact us .

31 JULY 2017 | A look back at the opening reception for Steve Bandoma’s Possession exhibition

Steve Bandoma definitely did not do things by halves at the opening reception of his Possession exhibition last April at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa. Visitors discovered Bandoma’s first few installations while taking care not to slip on a floor strewn with banana skins. However, the most impressive part was yet to come. During a performance on the evening of 27 April, the cavities of the Utexafrica textile factory became mass graves, echoing the atrocities perpetrated in the country. The contrast between the beautiful bodies of these young models and the extreme harshness of the message was striking. The evening will remain in people’s memories for a long time. See the slide show.

17 APRIL 2017 | "POSSESSION" - A Steve Bandoma solo exhibition

Steve Bandoma is presenting a large solo exhibition from 28 April to 28 May 2017 at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa in partnership with Angalia art gallery. The artist will be showing 48 paintings and several installations.

The exhibition’s name sets the tone. More than ever before, Bandoma’s artistic world is filled with deformed creatures and distorted Congolese statuettes, in which humans are possessed by urges to own, appropriate and dominate, money is king and power is grotesque. They depict the desire to possess and also to get noticed. We see people with bulging eyes sporting improbable outfits; these people bring to mind the West’s past dominance. In this solo exhibition, Bandoma continues to explore the past and portray modern-day vanities, inviting us to take a step back, reflect and build a meaningful future.

Discover a sneak preview of the catalogue !

15 MARCH 2017 | Steve Bandoma and Freddy Tsimba showcased at the Salon ZÜRCHER AFRICA

Four months after its participation to AKAA Fair, Angalia will showcase the works of two artists from Kinshasa (DRC), Freddy Tsimba and Steve Bandoma, in a warm and intimate ambience at the Salon ZÜRCHER AFRICA. The exhibition brings face to face their intense creative output which questions violence and fuels a fertile dialogue on identity and representation. Find out more.

27 JANUARY 2017 | Freddy Tsimba joins the gallery

We are delighted and proud to welcome Freddy Tsimba, the artist who acts as a mouthpiece, or rather a memory keeper, for anonymous victims and silent suffering. Freddy is a leading artist who is highly regarded yet insufficiently well known. We will provide another showcase for his work, which proved very popular last November in Paris on our stand at AKAA. His works will be shown in the very near future at the Salon Zürcher AFRICA. Freddy is also preparing for an exhibition set to take place in Brussels in the second half of 2017.

See the artist's biography.

See the works.

15 DECEMBER 2016 | Angalia will take part in the first SALON ZÜRCHER AFRICA

Angalia will take part in the first SALON ZÜRCHER AFRICA to be held from 27 March to 2 April 2017 at the Galerie Zürcher (56 rue Chapon) in Paris. The mini art fair aims to be an alternative to the large-scale art fairs, with five galleries being invited to show their works. The 2017 fair will be the 17th of its kind held by the gallery on its two sites in Paris and New York. Angalia will showcase works by Freddy Tsimba and Steve Bandoma.

15 OCTOBER 2016 | Chéri Benga and Chéri Chérin’s paintings showcased in Brussels

Popular painting of DRC is being honored by the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. From 7 October to 22 January 2017 the exhibition "Congo Art Works. Popular painting " presents 82 paintings, including works from Chéri Chérin and Chéri Benga, but also from Chéri Samba, Mr. Syms, Shula, Albert Lubaki, Tinda Lwimba, Pili Pili Mulongoy and Djilatendo among others.

« Portraits, landscapes and allegorical paintings alternate with urban scenes, historical figures and critical reflections on religion, politics and social problems. Humour is never far away. » 

Chéri Benga is one of the artists invited to participate in meetings with the public in the presence of curators  Sammy Baloji and Bambi Ceuppens.

25 JULY 2016 | Angalia will participate to AKAA's first edition

AKAA - Also Known As Africa is the first art fair devoted to contemporary art and design from Africa to be organized in Paris, France. AKAA’s first edition will be held November 11-13, 2016, at the Carreau du Temple, in parallel with a Parisian cultural calendar that features photography in its spotlight. 

Angalia gallery will showcase works from four of its artists: Steve BandomaAmani BodoFrancis Mampuya and JP Mika, and from one invited artist: Freddy Tsimba.

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22 APRIL 2016 | "Tambola malembe" (Slow progress): a lightning-quick success


Amani Bodo’s first solo exhibition at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa has proved a resounding success. All of the paintings, bar two still on display at the cultural centre, had been purchased by 22 April, the exhibition’s closing date.
Apart from the paintings in the "Tous sapeurs!" (Everyone's a sapeur) series, which naturally caught the eye, the artist’s private world proved to be an attraction, and this was undoubtedly the real reason for the exhibition’s success.

1 MARCH 2016 | Amani Bodo solo exhibition

Amani Bodo’s first ever solo exhibition will be held, in partnership with Angalia, on 11 March – 22 April 2016 at the Texaf-Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa. The artist will unveil 25 artworks; including an exhilarating series of 10 canvases entitled "Tous sapeurs !" in which international celebrities pose as Congolese sapeurs (dandies). Amani Bodo will also pay tribute to his father, Pierre Bodo, who passed away exactly a year ago, with several canvases including the stunning "L'artiste dans ses oeuvres" in which the beguiling creator of the bird-men takes pride of place among his enigmatic creatures.  The official opening reception will be held on 11 March at 18:30.  

Have a sneak preview of the works on show: see the exhibition’s catalogue.

13 JANUARY 2016 | Exhibitions at Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Tsham’s exhibition at Bilembo Cultural Centre in Kinshasa ended in December and proved to be a resounding success for the artist. Most of the artworks on show were purchased at the official opening reception.

The next Texaf-Bilembo exhibition in partnership with Angalia will be devoted to Amani Bodo and will be the artist’s very first solo exhibition. Preparations are well underway and the exhibition promises to showcase some stunning artworks. Be sure not to miss the online publication of the exhibition catalogue in early March! The official opening reception will take place on 11 March 2016.