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ANA Spotlight: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga

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Cinthia Sifa Mulanga is a talented Congolese artist whose work has been gaining recognition in the art world. She uniquely blends traditional and contemporary styles. Her colourful and vibrant paintings draw inspiration from her African roots, as well as her experiences growing up in Europe.

Mulanga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but spent most of her childhood in Belgium. It was during this time that she began to develop an interest in art, experimenting with different mediums and techniques. She eventually pursued formal art education, studying at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa before returning to Belgium to earn a degree in Fine Arts.

Mulanga’s art reflects her multicultural background. Her interest in exploring the intersection between traditional African art and contemporary styles is unique as she often incorporates traditional African patterns and symbols into her paintings. She uses bold colours and abstract shapes to create dynamic and energetic compositions.

All of my emos, 2022, Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Image courtesy of Instagram

One of Mulanga’s most distinctive features as an artist is her use of the human form. Many of her paintings feature figures that are elongated and distorted, almost surreal in appearance. This is a deliberate choice, as Mulanga seeks to challenge traditional notions of beauty and celebrate the diversity of human bodies.

In addition to her paintings, Mulanga has also worked on a number of collaborative projects with other artists and designers. One such project is “Les Herbes Folles,” a collection of textiles and home decor items that feature Mulanga’s vibrant patterns and designs. She has also worked with musicians and dancers, creating visuals for live performances that combine art and music in innovative ways.

Wrote me a letter, 2022, Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Image Courtesy of Instagram

Mulanga’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden in Marrakech. She has also been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Grand Prix de la Jeune Création in Brussels in 2015.

Despite her success, Mulanga remains dedicated to exploring new avenues of artistic expression and pushing the boundaries of her craft. She continues to experiment with different mediums and techniques. By constantly challenging herself to create work, she creates art that is both beautiful and thought-provoking.

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga is an artist whose work is both visually stunning and intellectually engaging. Her unique style, which combines traditional African art with contemporary elements, has earned her a place among the most exciting artists of her generation. As she continues to evolve as an artist, it will be exciting to see what new creations she will bring to the world of art.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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