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Jean Paul Nsima Mika

 (born 1980)
Jean Paul Nsima Mika is active/lives in Congo, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.  Jean Paul Mika is known for painting.

Jean Paul Nsima Mika

Biography from Bonhams Bond Street

Jean-Paul Nsimba Mika, or simply 'Mika', enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts (ABA) in Kinshasa to study painting.  During this time he became acquainted with famed Congolese 'Popular Painter' Cheri Cherin, eventually becoming his pupil.  The foundation of Mika's popular painting technique, the mixing of text with flamboyant, colorful imagery, was forged during his time with Cherin.

He consequently became a member of the Association of Popular Painters in Kinshasa.  The bustling capital of Kinshasa remains Mika's main inspiration.  The founding popular painters, Cherin and Cheri Samba, were chiefly concerned with their immediate environment, and where it could be placed within post-independence Congolese art.  As a result the representation of 'Kinshasa' remains extremely pertinent to the flourishing development of the genre.

Mika in particular enjoys juxtaposing themes about Congolese current affairs with international developments.  His vivid imagery is complemented with research completed on the internet and listening to lectures.  The conflation of observations of everyday Kinshasa life, with images from digital news and photographs lends his work an eccentricity that oscillates between the real and the imagined.  The mix of recognizable figures within ludicrously imagined scenarios can be likened to magical realism, where the characters of the narrative exist within a place where dreams and the imagined are part of the fabric of reality.

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About  Jean Paul Nsima Mika

Born:  1980
Known for:  painting