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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kito Mbiango

Africa Land Stewards Rescue Fund wished to thank artist, Kito Mbiango for contributing artwork from his inspiring Climate Change Collection to support our urgent fundraising work. Throughout his body of work, artist Kito Mbiango draws audiences into a reflection about our interdependence with the natural world. The climate crisis has caused him shift his consciousness towards the urgency to act.

His Climate Change Collection is a response to the accelerating environmental degradation we are facing and have imposed upon nature and all wildlife.

 

Seeking to shift the traditional climate change narrative to one of reverence and deeper reflection, he invites viewers to experience awe-inspiring feelings of interconnectedness with nature through his vivid, interposed imagery. Generating conversations across generations and geographies is how we spark collective action and draw attention to the dire need for restoring balance among human beings, and with their natural world.

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His Climate Change Collection is a response to the accelerating environmental degradation we are facing and have imposed upon nature and all wildlife.

 

Seeking to shift the traditional climate change narrative to one of reverence and deeper reflection, he invites viewers to experience awe-inspiring feelings of interconnectedness with nature through his vivid, interposed imagery. Generating conversations across generations and geographies is how we spark collective action and draw attention to the dire need for restoring balance among human beings, and with their natural world.

 

Kito Mbiango is a Belgian-Congolese painter and mixed media artist who divides his time between Brussels, New York and Miami. His paintings and digital creations blur cultural boundaries, with Mbiango finding inspiration in vintage photographs, scientific concepts and cartography. Reflecting a collective yearning for transcendence, his universal tapestries excite the imagination between Eastern and Western spheres of influence.

 

The sensitivity of his work stems from Mbiango's African roots -- his father was President of the Supreme Court of Congo while his mother served as a nurse. His grandmother, a master in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging was also a major influence. They shared a passion for geology and collecting minerals together in his youth. This rich cultural exposure led to a deep veneration for the land, indigenous wisdom and how this can inform our collective future.

 

Mbiango was born in Brussels in 1966. He has mastered his own technique utilizing multiple production methods including image transfer and mixed media assemblage, applied meticulously by hand. He was awarded a fellowship for his Climate Change Collection by The Institute for the Future (Palo Alto, CA) and he has collaborated with both the private and public sectors in their global advocacy work, including BNP Parisbas, The World Bank’s Climate Investment Fund, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Women Deliver, UNICEF, UN Women and David Lynch Foundation.