Roger Botembe Mimbayi
Roger Botembe Mimbayi was a Congolese painter, sculptor and muralist who developed a unique style based on signs and symbols found in traditional African masks and sculptures. In addition to earning numerous accolades as a practising artist, Botembe’s educational endeavours – following his graduation from the Beaux Arts in Brussels – led to him to head up the Arts-Plastique section at Kinshasa's Académie des Beaux-Arts. He later went on to open his own school of contemporary African art, Les Ateliers Botembe. The artist was presented the Award of Excellence from the City of Brussels and a Gold Medal from the Belgian Government for his outstanding work in the arts.