Artist of the moment…..Mpane Aime Enkobo

Aime Enkobo is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is one of the most renown artists on all the African continent. Aime Enkobo was born in 1968 in Kinshasa, Congo.

Enkobo studied at the Institute des Beaux-Arts in his hometown taking classes in both sculpting and painting. Enkobo also studied abroad in Belgium at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels, La Cambre in Brussels, Belgium.

Aime Enkobo is renown for working in series dealing with portraits of people. Enkobo is different from mainstream artists for the fact he uses carved wood panel, rather than the flat ones most of us purchase in stores. I am in the latter category, its okay! He uses the texture and look of the wood to add interesting affects to the portraits. This technique of using dimension reminds me of the great Robert Zakanitch, a member of the Pattern and Design movement that I covered not long ago, who uses this technique to add dimension to his floral works. This clip with James Kahn in my post shows great examples of this technique as well as other members of the Pattern and Design movement.

Included in major museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Major exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

Enkobo also works with oils and various mixed media giving his surface a wonderfully textured surface.

Price range: Most original works are priced between $3,000 and $8,000.

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