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.

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Lot 87
  • Franck Dikisongele; La réalité de l'ombre

Lot Estimate
ZAR 70 000 - 90 000
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Selling Price

About this Item

Congolese 1968-
La réalité de l'ombre

signed and dated 2022

acrylic on canvas
198,5 by 175,5 by 3,5cm, unframed


Accompanied by a Pavillion 54 certificate of authenticity.

Congolese visual artist Franck Dikisongele is considered one of the most talented products of l’Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Visual Art in 2005 and is currently a lecturer. Dikisongele’s paintings are a complex combination of figuration and abstraction. He uses colour combined with strong gestural marks, monumental forms, and graphic signs. Strong contrasts in compositional elements express his social concerns and his imagination, whilst creating suspense in the quest for meaning and significance. “We paint and search the spiritual aspect of the ‘inner self’, which lies hidden in nature, behind the veil of all these appearances. The objectification of our own subjectification...”, says the artist.

Dikisongele has exhibited extensively in The Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has received numerous awards and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions on the African continent, in Europe, and in the United States of America.


Pavilion 54, Global Digital Platform, 2023.

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