Thonton Kabeya was born in the DRC in 1983. He presently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a graduate from the Institute of Fine Arts of Lubumbashi. In 2006 he won two awards: the UNAIDS Award and the Belgium Council Award. He is part of many collections around the world, such as the Contemporary Art Museum Artium, Vitoria, Spain, Unisa Art Collection (South Africa). George Forest in DRC. Erick Vellard in Paris (France).
I’m trying to push the limit and the boundary that exist between painting and sculpture, I want to change the way people look at Painting, I sculpt the canvas and create my artistic language. I’m not trying to make a sculpture or a painting or mixed media technique, but find my own way to express myself and to connect with myself.