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Aimé Mpane (Congolese, b.1968)
LOT ID: 82726
IC. Cont. (Woman in Orange and Turquoise), 2012

Oil, Mixed Media, on carved wood panel.
12.5 х 12 in. (31.75 x 30.48 cm.)
Signed, and dated by the artist on the reverse.
Lot description
"IC Cont. (Woman in Orange and Turquoise)" (2012) is one of the most beautiful and quietly powerful of the iconic oil on carved wood portrait paintings by African artist Aimé Mpané Enkobo (1968). This painting measures 12.5 x 12 inches (31.8 x 30.5 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition. Depicting a dynamic portrait of a young African woman wearing a brilliant turquoise patterned scarf and dress against a vivid orange background, these bright Pop colors are in immediate contrast to the the visceral nature in which the artist has left her face unpainted, carving her facial features from the natural texture and color of the wood panel itself. This work belongs to a larger series of intimate portraits that are are typically acquired in pairs or groups. The Brooklyn Museum recently acquired a large grouping of portraits from this series together, for example.

Aimé Mpané was born 1968 and graduated in Sculpture from the Academie des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa in 1990 and obtained advance degree at the Ecole National Superieure des Art Visuels de La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium in 2000. Notable Exhibitions include “Le Surrreel Congo”, Museum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germany, 2012, Touched: Liverpool Biennial, England, 2010, “Perceptions”, Glazenhuis Amstelpark, Amsterdam; 2010; “Three One-Person Exhibitions” (with James Little and George Smith), Station Museum, Houston, 2007; Musee de Katanga, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2002. One of his seminal sculptural installation, Congo: l'ombre de l'ombre; Congo: Shadow of the Shadow, 2005, Collection National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC will be included in Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium at LACMA, Los Angeles, July 7, 2013–January 5, 2014. Awards include 2006 Prix de la Fondation Jean-Paul Blachère, Dak’Art Bienniale, Dakar, Senegal and the elite 2012 Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award.

IC. Cont. (Woman in Orange and Turquoise) by Aime Mpane Enkobo
  • IC. Cont. (Woman in Orange and Turquoise) by Aime Mpane Enkobo
  • IC. Cont. (Woman in Orange and Turquoise) by Aime Mpane Enkobo
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