Jonathan Vatunga (aka VAT) was born in 1996 in Kinshasa (DRC) where he lives and works today. Recently graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, this young Congolese painter quickly made a name for himself. His multilayer artworks composed of paint, glue, and engravings mix abstraction and realism. Through his art, Jonathan often stresses the importance of social interactions in the times of individuality. His subjects are both unique and plural, simple and complex at the same time. Behind joyful aesthetics created by vibrant compositions and vivid colors, the artists manage to confront us with some difficult matters such as gun violence, conflicts and artwork spoliation. In this way, Jonathan wishes to pay his homage to the victims of violent acts and send a message of hope and awake the conciseness, all in delicacy and poetry.
Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
Congo Eyes: Aza Mansongi & Jonathan Vatunga, AfricArt Gallery Hong Kong, 3rd - 31st March 2019.
13th Dak’Art Biennale of African Contemporary Art, Dakar (Senegal), 3rd May - 2nd June 2018.
Le monde des Flamboyants : Regards, Kinshasa (DRC), Trust Merchant Bank.
Exhibition at Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa (DRC).
La Traversée [The Crossing], Kinshasa (DRC), Academy of Fine Arts.
Art & Environnement, Kinshasa (DRC), Trust Merchant Bank.
Dimension Plurielle [Plural Dimension], Kinshasa (DRC), Centre Wallonie Bruxelles.
Emergence 2, Kinshasa (DRC), Academy of Fine Arts / Pullman Grand Hotel.
Passion de l’Art [Passion of Art], Kinshasa (DRC), Pullman Grand Hotel.
Emergence, Kinshasa (DRC), Pullman Grand Hotel.