Amani Bodo

Amani Bodo

born in 1988 in Kinshasa (Congo)

Born in 1988, Democratic Republic of the Congo He lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo


The artist Amani Bodo, son of the well-known artist Pierre Bodo, started painting at the age of 10 years. In 2020 Primo Marella Gallery presented the exhibition Africa Universe. Chapter 3,The art of storytellers. The continuation of the tradition: from Chéri Cherin (1955, Democratic Republic of the Congo) to Amani Bodo, the third part of a group show, entirely dedicated to Contemporary African Art. This chapter was focused to the artists who have been associated with the School of Popular Painting from Kinshasa. This artistic movement, initially practiced on sacks attached onto the canvas and displayed on the streets, was born in the seventies of the 20th century in the capital of the De- mocratic Republic of the Congo. The movement was described by the founding artists as something that comes from the people and is for the people, thus expressing their interest in the imaginaryderiving from daily life and popular culture. The nature of Popular Painting, mainly figurative anddescriptive, is visceral and complex as it criticizes, often with a vein of cynicism and irony, the social and political life of the African community.

The artist Amani Bodo takes his cue from the popular life of his native land. However, unlike Chéri Cherin, Amani Bodo deviates from the representation in comics style in favour of metaphorical and allegorical painting, rich in symbolism.
The artistic language of Amani Bodo is decidedly more innovative and evolved than that of his masters, being characterized by a deeper psycho-intellectual analysis and by a peculiar technique, even more complex and detailed, called in lingala “Mwangisa”, a sort of “dripping” on the canvas. Working on a scheme with predetermined measures, his approach to painting is almost scientific because, Amani Bodo does not use words to explain history, as in a comic. On the contrary, the artist creates enigmatic images, often surrealistic, which must be read and resolved directly by the observer.



Amani Bodo, Unveiling the enigma and the surreal, Primo Marella Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland


Amani Bodo. Solo Show, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan,Italy
Africa Universe, Part II, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy

AFRICA UNIVERSE Chapter 3, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan

AFRICA UNIVERSE Chapter 1, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan


AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France
Kinshasa Chroniques, Musée des arts modestes, Sète, France
Congo paintings, Musée africain de Namur, Namur, Belgique 


Amani Bodo, Tambola malembe, Espace Texaf-Bilembo, Kinshasa, RDC
Kin-Babi, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Abidjan

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia JapanCongo
Magasin Grenoble, France

Africa? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma, Italy

Yambi, Centre Wallonie, Brussels

15 ans de transition, Hotel Memling, Kinshasa

Regard sur la transition
Hôtel Memling, Kinshasa

Amani Bodo - Les oiseaux

Les oiseaux

Amani Bodo - Les oiseaux
2020 - Oil on canvas - 131 x 125 cm
Amani Bodo - Le rêve du président

Le rêve du président

Amani Bodo - Le rêve du président
2019 - Oil on canvas on Stainless Steel with Wood and Flex Frame - 138 x 118 cm