Congolese-born and Douala-based (Cameroon) artist Aza Mansongi (°1980) makes use of painting to explore complex dynamics of human relationships. « No one can evolve alone, everyone needs someone else,» she says. If the artist identifies herself closely with the Congolese school of classical, figurative realism, her works are characterized by abstract backgrounds. Moreover, unlike her fellow popular painters, she is less concerned with daily life and chooses to emphasize the Congolese atmosphere in a dreamy and poetical way. By overlapping highly expressive figures with African traditional masks and modern technology, she addresses connections between past and present. Cheerful and colorful her works are a true celebration of life itself.
Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
Congo Eyes: Aza Mansongi & Jonathan Vatunga, AfricArt Gallery Hong Kong, 3rd - 31st March 2019.
Afro Pop, Johannesburg (South Africa), Melrose Gallery, 5th - 28th October 2018.
Timeless. A group exhibition by established and emerging artists from the continent of Africa. Johannesburg (South Africa), Melrose Gallery / Supercar and Art Festival, 26th - 29th April 2018.
Regards d’Afrique. Magie Africaine d’Hier et d’Aujourd’hui. [Views form Africa. African Magic of Yesterday and Today.], Lyon (France), Galerie des Tuiliers, 23rd November 2017 - 6th January 2018.
Aza Mansongi, Paris (France), Arts Design Africa Gallery, April 2017.
Regard d’Aza Mansongi [Aza Mansongi’s view], Douala (Cameroon), Bolo Artistic & Cultural Space, 26th October 2016 - January 2017.
Festival IAM ART & FASHION CAMEROON, Douala (Cameroon), MAM Gallery, 2nd - 9th October 2015.
International Contemporary Art Fair ART3F, Paris (France), September 2015.
3kokorico, Biarritz (France), Hausseguy Gallery, Biarritz, July 2015.
3kokorico, Ardon, Switzerland, Valette Foundation.
3kokorico, Luanda (Angola), Mov’art Gallery.
Collective exhibition at the German Cooperation, Yaoundé (Cameroon).
Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art Doual’Art, Douala (Cameroon).