Steve Bandoma was born in 1981, in Kinshasa. He studied there, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, until 2004. After his studies, he began his career in South Africa. In 2009, he became an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris. In 2012 he decided to return to Kinshasa.
Using a mix of techniques, the works of Steve Bandoma are the result of a masterful mixture of paint and ink projection, graduated chromatic textures made of watercolor, collages of images taken from magazines, advertisements and photographs, as well as background motifs written and drawn. He creates a new genre of portraits, mutant beings incarnating the restlessness of a modern urban society in constant transformation.
As a major figure in the Kinshasa art scene, his artworks are included in several prestigious private collections. His work has been shown in numerous institutions devoted to art and culture, including Art Basel in 2011, the Wallonie Center in Brussels, and the Institut français in 2012. In 2015, he participated in the exhibition Beauté Congo 1926-2015; Congo Kitoko, at the Cartier Foundation, and in the Kongo Across the Water exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, in the United States.
Digi-Nsiki (Lost Tribe Serie), 2015,
Watercolor and collage on paper, 138 x 120 cm,