Bayunga Kialeuka

(DRC / USA, 1974)

A Congolese born narrative painter, curator, and mural artist, Bayunga Kialeuka grew up in Miami (USA), where he worked as an artist before moving to other US cities, all the while variably travelling to DRC. His work focuses on themes of social realism, investigating society through the prismatic lenses of economic ecosystems, race and cultural identity.

 

While in the USA, the artist started working along the lines of classicism and modernism to represent his immediate urban surroundings, focusing on the African American context. From his point of view as a perpetual immigrant, Kialeuka’s work translates how Black America is still subdued by these three dimensions of poverty, racism, and communitarianism. In this light, his paintings strive to restore the pride of those he sees as inescapably second-class citizens.

Bayunga Kialeuka currently works on an ensemble of portraits and figurative depictions of protest, domestication, and status in Kinshasa (DRC). This expanded series further compares the hierarchical temperament of Kinois (indigenous Kinshasa residents) at home and abroad to scale concepts of escapism and utopia in the face of pauperisation’s stigmas. Currently living and working in Brussels (Belgium), the artist’s drawings and paintings now start shaping a triangular representation of contemporary pan-Africanism aiming to deconstruct our accepted understanding of wider African history to make place for new perspectives into how Africans and Afro descendants are shaping a truly global society.

 

Having painted numerous large murals as a way to engage with contemporary history and local society in the USA, Kialeuka also worked as a curator and producer of art exhibitions. His compositions are technically influenced by various painters, photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, and philosophers alike. Among them are Palmer Hayden, Moké, Tupac Shakur, Claude Brown, Franco Luambo, Lucian Freud, Romare Bearden and Eric Monte.

Triptych 1of3 - Bamana Heterosis 2020
Triptych 1of3 - Bamana Heterosis 2020
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Titre - Juju dance du Vatican, technique - Acrylique sure tapis, 133x1
Titre - Juju dance du Vatican, technique - Acrylique sure tapis, 133x1

Selected Exhibitions & Collections

 

Solo exhibitions (selection)        


The Silent Violence of Souls, Kloser Contemporary Art | Antwerp, BE 2021

WAY STATION by Bayunga Kialeuka, Chapelle Boondael | Brussels, BE 2020

BKS Pop-Up, Urban Collective Gallery - The Moore Building | Miami, FL, USA 2016

Stingy Brim, Old Dillard Museum | Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2014

Before Nights Falls, WDNA Jazz Gallery | Miami, FL, USA, 2011

The Tree, Stash Gallery | Miami, FL, USA, 2010

Bayunga Kialeuka, North Dade Regional Library | Miami, FL, USA, 2006

Urban Knights, The Gallery @ AHCAC | Miami, FL 2001


Group exhibitions (selection)        


Arts Congo Eza Parc de Bruxelles| Brussels, BE 2020.

Congolisation, Pianofabriek | Brussels, BE 2019.

Art for Rights - Canvases of Courage, Convention Center | New Orleans, LA, USA, 2016

Jazz in the Gardens, Dolphin Stadium | Miami, FL, USA, 2015

Rostros, Galleria Decap | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2015

Trespass, Mar Mar Arts Studio | Miami, FL, USA, 2008

A Day in the Life, Mar Mar Arts Studio | Miami, FL, USA, 2006

The Low Down + Dirty Art Show, Objex Art Space | Macon, GA, USA, 2005

Night of a Thousand Arts, Artopia Gallery and Studios | Miami, FL, USA, 2003

Salon Noir, Saint Thomas University Gallery | Miami, FL, USA 2003

Outlaw Art, Gallery 21| Miami, FL, USA, 2002

Oscar Thomas Memorial Exhibition, The Gallery @ AHCAC | Miami, FL, USA, 2000

A Tribute to Jackson Pollock, The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts | Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2000

 

Curatorial Projects

 

ART on PAPER African Heritage Culturl Arts Center | Miami, FL, USA, 2017.

Reconstruction, BKS Curatorial Project, Miami Dade Main Library | Miami, FL, USA, 2016

A Bike Ride with Purvis Young, BKS Curatorial Project, Amadlozi Gallery | Miami, FL, USA, 2016

DragonFly, BKS Curatorial Project, Amadlozi Gallery | Miami, FL, USA, 2015

Beside the District, BKS Curatorial Project and Mar Mar Arts, |Miami, FL, USA, 2010

KIN-Art, BKS Curatorial Project, | Miami, FL, USA 2014

Art Africa, BKS Curatorial Project, Urban Collective, | Miami, FL, USA, 2011

Trespass, BKS Curatorial Project and Mar Mar Arts, | Miami, FL, USA, 2008

Praise House, The Gallery @ AHCAC | Miami, FL, USA 2004

Night of a Thousand Arts, Artopia Gallery and Studios | Miami, FL, USA 2003

 

Murals


The Priviledge of History Law Studies High School | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2010.

Social Traps Law Studies High School | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2010.

All Services Entail Tender Loving Care and A Listening Ear Black Veterans for Social Justice | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2010.

Turning Point MS 219s | Miami, FL, USA, 2009

This Too Shall Pass Rickers Island Correctional Facility | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2009.

The Perfect Equilibrium of Nature Tillary Park Foundation & The Urban Assembly School of Music | Brooklyn, NY, USA 2009.

Don’t Trash NYC Container Project Mos Carting | New York City, NY, USA, 2008.

South Brooklyn Brooklyn Youth Consortium, Coney Island | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2008.

Reaching New Heights Trust for Public Land | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2008.

Incarcerated Minds Rickers Island Correctional Facility | Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2008.

 

 

Collections


Richard K. Shafer, Neil Hall (The Urban Collective)

The Pas-Chaudoir Collection of Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora

Miami Dade County Public Library Collections

Villa Paula Museum

Mapo Kinnard (Xavier University)

Rafael V. Santana

Erik Tucker Estate (New Orleans)

Arles Carballo (Miami Herald)