Pathy Tshindele

Born in 1976 in Kinshasa, Pathy Tshindele studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. From 2005 to 2008 he studies at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Strasbourg. He is one of the founding members of the artist collective Eza Possible.

Interested in the proximity with his native city, he tries to put aside what he learned at school to learn more from the streets, the daily life, the atmosphere and warmth of the city of Kinshasa. His work can be situated between contemporary art and the ‘peintres populaires’ that he saw since he was a child. He develops performances in the urban space, his own personal street art. Connecting art to life, Pathy Tshindele wants to question the world and let the violence and the urgency make a mark on his work. It is his way of letting his country enter his art, a country as vast as its wealth, to cross culture and politics. His paintings capture the intertwining of his personal history, the people and the world to which he belongs.

The group Eza Possible was created in 2003 at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa around six artists: Pathy Tshindele, Méga Mingiedi, Eddy Ekete, Kura Shomali, Kennedy Dinanga and Freddy Mutombo. They come up with the idea of using what is roaming in the streets, what people don’t want anymore, stories, carcasses, scrap metal, leftovers from everyday life to transform them into installations and put them in the middle of the Academy.