The art of Congolese artist Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu (pictured below) of the Zaire School Movement during the 1960s and 1970s will be on display at the “53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery exhibit in London until June 30th. Below, you can see the portraits of Kanda-Matulu, which impacted — and still informs — African art.
Using bold colors, poster painting techniques, street art, and advertising signage in their art, the artists of the Zaire School portrayed colonial oppression, Africa’s best and brightest, and post-colonization struggles.
Kanda-Matulu was at the forefront of this movement, creating his most-heralded work from 1974 to 1976. According to published reports, Kanda-Matulu hasn’t been heard from since 1981, so he is thought to be dead.
See his revolutionary work below: