Press Release: Art Exhibition Steve Bandoma, graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the Academie des Beaux-Arts of Kinshasa.
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and workshops, in Kinshasa and Cape Town respectively, including the Second Cape Biennale 2007. He exhibited at Iziko National Museums of Cape Town in 2005, facilitated the Spier Contemporary 2008 mural project workshops as well as represented the Visual Art Industie (DEDT) at the Design Indaba 2008. This year, Bandoma has been selected for the 3rd AAW International Youth Salon in Egypt, and three months residency at the Greatmore Studio in 2008.
Steve Bandoma employs various materials that have specific qualities and characteristics.
Batting, rope, raffia, rubber and found objects are all but some of the materials employed in his work. He sews raffia and batting, installs forms in space, performs and sometimes does video art. All this seen together, Steve Bandoma begins to literally fuse, connect and mix media, while he conceptually surfaces the socio-political, the socio-cultural and the socio-economic climates of not locally but globally. The semi-transparency of batting allows the artist to be both absent and present while remaining unidentified.
All these concerns are sometimes conveyed in a humorous manner.