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"Kinoc #38 (Boy with Baseball Cap in Blue)" (2011) is one of the most quietly powerful of the iconic oil on carved wood portrait paintings by African artist Aimé Mpané. (1968). This painting measures 12.5 x 12 inches (31.8 x 30.5 cm) and is unframed in perfect condition. Signed and dated on verso. Depicting a super-cropper portrait of a young African boy wearing a baseball cap, the work is painted in vivid Pop colors, balanced by the visceral nature in which the artist has left his face unpainted, carving his 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.

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  • The Artist. Acquired directly from the artist by present collection, U.S.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12.5 x 12 in. (31.75 x 30.48 cm.)
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