- Elaine E. Sullivan
(b Kinshasa, 1968).
Congolese installation artist, sculptor, and painter, active also in Belgium. Aimé Mpane’s work explores themes of identity, urban life, and colonial history. Mpane utilizes the interplay of light and shadow as well as the multicoloured layers of plywood to bring attention to layers of history and memory present in Congolese identity. His work reflects his own experience of frequent travel between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as a larger awareness of colonial history and its continuing impact on the Congo region.
Mpane was born in Kinshasa, the son and grandson of wood-carvers. In Kinshasa he attended the Institut des Beaux-Arts, where he received degrees in Sculpture (1987) and Monumental Painting (1990). From the 1990s Mpane split his time between the DRC and Belgium, and received his MFA in Painting and Tri-Dimensional Research in 2000 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre in Brussels. After ...