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Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, is a special political unit equivalent to a Congolese region. Formerly known as Leopoldville, it was founded and named by Henry Morton Stanley in honor of King Leopold II of Belgium, who controlled the Congo Free State. The area actually began to grow as the financial and manufacturing center for the Congo when a rail line was built to link it to the coastal port of Matadi. In accordance with his “Africanization” policy, Mobutu Sese Seko renamed the city “Kinshasa” after the former village of Kinchassa. Although Kinshasa was also famous for corruption and violence during Mobutu’s reign, it managed to become a major promoter of national cultural life and arts and the main intellectual center of Central Africa, hosting flourishing communities of musicians and artists: the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa offers training programs in painting, sculpture, carving, architecture, and ceramics, while the National Institute of the Arts offers training in classical and traditional music.

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Art Makers in Kinshasa

Aicha Muteba

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Alexandre Kyungu

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Alfi Alfa

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Amani Bodo

Artist

Ambroise Ngayimoko

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Anastasie Langu Lawinner

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Azgard Itambo

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Bodo Fils BBM

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Chéri Cherin

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Chéri Samba

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Danniel Toya

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Dolet Malalu

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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

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Elie Mbansing

Artist

Eunice Kamanda

Artist

Flory Sinanduku

Artist

Francis Mampuya

Artist

Fransix Tenda

Artist

Freddy Tsimba

Artist

Gabriel Lukinga

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Géraldine Tobe

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Gosette Lubondo

Photographer

Hilary Balu

Artist

Houston Maludi

Artist

JC Lofenia

Artist

Jean Shula Monsengo

Artist

Joycenath Tshamala

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JP Kiangu

Artist

JP Mika

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Judith Kaluaji

Artist

Kura Shomali

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Lema Kusa

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Mega Mingiedi Tunga

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Olivier Nalumbu

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Pathy Tshindele

Artist

Rigobert Nimi

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Serge Diakota

Artist

Steve Bandoma

Artist

Trésor Cherin

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Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo

Artist

Yves Sambu

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Art Spaces in Kinshasa

Kin Art Studio

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Texaf Bilembo

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