Democratic Republic of Congo
Mixed media on paper
186 x 166cm
Pitsho Mafolo is a mixed media artist who weaves his African heritage, and personal life of relocation, into his works. Focusing on what it means to be resilient on an individual level in the face of environmental and social challenges he illustrates characters who are stretched into finding new ways to define their lives. His compositions are linear and graphic with details filling every inch of the paper. The details are like miniature vignettes, or short chapters, in a much larger and multi-faceted story. On his artistic practice he states:
The lines of my drawings refer to destiny, which gives birth to a new life after surviving a disaster…describing a situation which erases everything only to be slowly filled in again with new colors and forms. Like a phoenix born from its ashes.
Academie des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, DRC