Kingelez, Bodys Isek
Congolese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 27 August 1948, in Kimbembele Ihunga (now in Democratic Republic of Congo).
Sculptor. Architectural views.
Bodys Isek Kingelez is self-taught. He lives and works in Kinshasa. After working on the restoration of traditional masks, Kingelez launched out into making maquettes in paper, cardboard, plastic or adhesive, inspired by the colonial architecture of the 1930s and 1950s. He makes meticulous, perfectly designed maquettes of imaginary furniture from pieces of recycled paper and cardboard. Each of his extraordinary creations, decorated with symbols, flags or signs, is accompanied by a text with a long descriptive commentary....