Bayunga Kialeuka

Bayunga’s story as an artist begins in the Kinshasa neighborhoods of Bandal and Kitambo where he lived from 1974 to 1980.  Those childhood memories of Congo’s capital city were quite impressionable, serving as the marrow of his identity.  He would migrate to Miami at the age of six with his family, and to his marvel, encounter substanstive, cultural traces of his homeland.

His paintings and drawings, depict a series of storyboards filled with evolving personal narratives based on his immigrant stupor in Miami, and everywhere else he has lived.  They reveal storylines of the human experience that draw upon subplots of migration, urban neglect, youthful exuberance, escapism and utopia.  These details are a part of his narrative style to explore personal fables about humanity and the subtle social forces that influence maturation.

His work is deeply influenced by painters and musicians like Earnie Barnes, Chéri Samba, Anselm Keifer, Palmer Hayden, Purvis Young, Romare Bearden, Lucian Freud, Max Beckman, Franco Luambo Makiadi, Tupac Shakur and Bobby Womack.

Bayunga recently relocated to Brussels with his family.  His works are in various collections throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.