Bouvy Enkobo is a Congolese painter born in 1981 (Kinshasa, DRC). Son of the renowned sculptor Modste Enkobo, Bouvy has been drawing since his early years. At the early age of twelve, he began to sell postcards from his own design. Even if he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa in the late 1990s, he belongs to the "new wave" generation eager to renew the artistic scene.
With his expressionist style he moves away from the highly figurative Congolese Popular painting. Exploring this new abstract way of creating enables him to express various emotional landscapes of his country rather than any specific characters. Without any personal attributes, the human figures presented in Bouvy’s works allow the viewers to create a personal bond between their own emotions and the image they face. At the same time, those images evoke today's evolutions of society, often regardless of the individuals. Translated into vibrant colors, creation and destruction are profoundly related to the rhythm of contemporary Congolese cities still extending themselves despite conflicts and poverty.
Since 2009, Bouvy Enkobo has exhibited extensively in DRC, Belgium and France. In 2014, he was honored with the European Union special prize at Yango Biennale in Kinshasa. Today, his work is present in many private and public collections such as: Fondation Hirondelle and the Delegation of the European Union in DRC.
Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
Songs of Sankofa, Harare (Zimbabwe), First Floor Gallery Harare, 8th January 2019 - 1st February 2019.
Bouvy Enkobo, Pullman Hotel, Kinshasa (DRC), 11th November - 5th December 2018. Solo show.
OpenArt Exchange, Schiedam (The Nederlands), International Art Center & Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 6th - 9th September 2018.
OpenArt Exchange, Antwerpen (Belgium), Anvers Art Fair, June 2018.
Sois Prudent/Take Care, La vie dans la ville/Life in the city, Harare (Zimbabwe), First Floor Gallery Harare, 12th October - November 2017. Solo show.
Dynamique [Dynamic], Kinshasa (DRC), Trust Merchant Bank S.A. & Au monde des flamboyants, 12th May-8th June 2017.
Musées Urbains [Urban Museums], Kinshasa (DRC), Atelier Open Day.
La migration de couleurs [Colors migration], Noisy-le-Grand (France), Association pour la Promotion de l'Art Contemporain Africain (APACA), 11th - 29th October 2016.
La paix entre les nations « ALL AFRICA » [The Peace Among Nations - All Africa], Brazzaville (DRC).
Yango Biennal of Contemporary Art, Kinshasa (DRC), Institut français de Kinshasa, 21st November - 19th December 2014.
7th edition of Jeux de la Francophonie, Nice (France), 7th-15th September 2013.
Express’ Art, Kinshasa (DRC), Center Wallonie Bruxelles in Kinshasa.
Maendelo, Brussels (Belgium), Parlement of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles.
OFF ART Fair, Brussels (Belgium), 18th-21st April 2013.
Maendeleo [Progress], Flémalle (Belgium), Wallon Center for Contemporary Art "La Châtaigneraie".
Fever, 14th Summit of French-Speakers, Kinshasa (DRC), Village of Congolese Artists, Academy of Fine Arts.
Parcours d’Artistes, Olne (Belgium).
Dimensions Plurielles [Plural Dimensions], Kinshasa (DRC), Center Wallonie-Bruxelles of Kinshasa.