Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

  • Gloire À Dieu Babanzanga; Diptyque, diptych
  • Gloire À Dieu Babanzanga; Diptyque, diptych
  • Gloire À Dieu Babanzanga; Diptyque, diptych

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 80 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots

About this Item

Congolese 1988-
Diptyque, diptych

each signed and dated 20

oil and raffia collage on canvas
each 99 by 99 by 3cm, unframed


Accompanied by a Pavilion 54 certificate of authenticity.

Gloire À Dieu Babanzanga is a visual artist from Kinshasa. He was born in 1988 in Bas-Congo, a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He studied at l’Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa and obtained a postgraduate degree in Painting in 2011. This was followed in 2012 by a traineeship in printing technology and computer science at the Maria Vianney Industrial School of Madurai in India. Babanzanga’s paintings focus on the human face as a window to an individual’s innermost beauty. Using vibrant colours and superimposed patterns reminiscent of the traditional facial scarification of many Congolese tribes, Babanzanga’s paintings impart messages as a preacher would present sermons from the pulpit. He says of his work, “My art is a mirror that sends us back a reflection. It gives us the opportunity to confront our qualities, our faults, and our mistakes. It is a means of rectifying our trajectories and remembering Reason”. Babanzanga has exhibited extensively in Kinshasa and also in Rwanda.

Biography courtesy of Pavilion 54.

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