PIERRE MUKEBA

PIERRE MUKEBA

b. 1995, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lives and works in Adelaide

Pierre Mukeba was born in  the shadows of civil war in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. At an early age he, along with his family, was forced to flee to a refugee camp in Zambia where food was scarce. His mother discovered that her brother was doing well in Harare, the capital Zimbabwe and he invited them to come and stay. For a brief moment life was stable until the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, ordered that anybody who wasn’t a national of Zimbabwe was to be arrested. In desperation, Mukeba’s mother approached the Australian embassy for asylum. Finally, in 2006, the family were granted residency in Adelaide.

Mukeba’s passion for art grew from the period of living with his uncle. “I used to watch him build sculptures and draw”, he says. “He taught me how to draw farms, trees and people. The basics. He inherited his talent from my grandfather, who was a famous artist in Congo. My uncle inspired me to draw more until I found it had grown into a passion. With my art I have found my own technique of drawing. I learn mostly through experimenting as I go.”

Mukeba deliberately restricts his palette to three colours. “I use the colour red as our prehistoric ancestors saw it as a sign of fire and blood,” he says. “Red is usually associated with war, strength and power. The colour blue is used to represent piety and sincerity. Lastly, the colour yellow which represents happiness and joy. Most of my artwork contains a lot of red paint as I believe that the colour red represents the emotions and lifestyle my people in Central Africa experience on a daily basis.”

- Ashley Crawford, 2017 (Art Collector, Issue 79, January - March, 2017)

 

MELBOURNE ART FAIR
2018
2018
TRAUMA
2017
2017

BIOGRAPHY

1995

Born in Democratic Republic of Congo

2006

Arrived, Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Sydney Contemporary, GAGPROJECTS, Sydney
Pierre Mukeba, Hamilton Gallery, Victoria

2018

Melbourne Art Fair, GAGPROJECTS, Melbourne

2017

Trauma, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

   

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

STOLEN WEALTH,Wyndham Regional Gallery
The Ramsay Art Prize, The Art Gallery of South Australia

2018

WE,GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
Her Name, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide

2017

SPRING 1883, GAGPROJECTS, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
The Churchie Emerging Arts Prize, Queensland
HOME, Walker Street Gallery, Melbourne

 

AWARD AND GRANTS

2019

Carclew Quick Response Grant

2017

Carclew Quick Response Grant
Winner of the Churchie Emerging Arts Prize

COLLECTIONS

QUT Gallery, Curator Kevin Wilson, 2017
National Gallery of Victoria, Curator/Director Tony Ellwood AM, 2018
Wyndham Regional Gallery, Curator Megan Evans, 2018
Shepparton Art Gallery, Curator Lara Merrington, 2019
Private collections in Australia

REVIEWS / PUBLICATIONS

Sigglekow, Z. (2017),Pierre Mukeba wins the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Art Guide Australia
Crawford, A. (2017), 34. Pierre Mukeba, Art Collector, pp. 164, 165
Unknown, (2017), First Person: Artist Pierre Mukeba, The Advertiser
Dow, S. (2018), Forecast: Pierre Mukeba, VAULT Magazine, Issue 24. pp.
Fuss, E. (2018), Meet Pierre Mukeba, The Mix: Episode 30,Australian Broadcast Corporation
Yiu Nam Cheung, E. (2018), A Skype Chat with young artist Pierre Mukeba. The Saturday Paper. Edition No. 216
Mantelli, F. (2019), Pierre Mukeba, Artist Profile. Issue 46

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