SPOTLIGHT: Pathy Tshindele

Born and still currently residing in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pathy Tshindele is a contemporary artist who is becoming ever more recognized in the art world. Featuring in the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair this year, his work combines several media platforms in an unconventional manner. He aims to challenge the oppression of race, gender and nationality through his work, with a particular attentiveness to the native Kin language, rendering his work easily comprehensible for all. In particular, Tshindele employs symbolism and expression with bright, vivid colors and basic forms.

Following from his strong views on cultural discrimination, Tshindele formed the ‘Kinshasa Wenze Wenze’ in 2003, an artistic event which transformed neglected, dilapidated cars from the city into sculptural pieces of work. Through the artist’s creative freedom this project underlined the constant difficulties of the inhabitants within the decaying city in which they were confined. The emotion and energy of the images are heightened by the artist’s expressive use of vivid colors and bold blocking of form.

To find out more about the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the artists involved, including Pathy Tshindele, please visit

All Images © Pathy Tshindele.


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