From Oct 29th, 2009 through 2010.
Wynwood Central Gallery officially opens its doors to the public on the evening of October 29th, 2009 presenting a solo exhibition of emerging artist Kito Mbiango. A calm, but visually stimulating atmosphere is made possible by the works of Mbiango and the philosophy of providing a stirring, inviting experience for the viewer is assured by owner Gilles Dandrieux and gallery director Shana Beth Mason.
Mbiango draws from his wide-ranging travels and photographic experience in producing works that excite the imagination by crossing and blurring cultural borders between Eastern and Western spheres of influence. Elements of post-colonial commentary (initiated via found 18th and 19th Century engravings in the style of John James Audubon, J. Barralet, and James Fittler) and modern cultural references (through the use of turn-of-the-century photography and silkscreens) converge in a rich, complex layering of color and graphic embellishment. Above all, however, Mbiango’s more pressing concern is the unity of both artistic and human ingredients: the integration of Eastern and Western influences seeks to peacefully reconcile the inherent cultural differences so ubiquitous in postmodern society. Overall, the goal for Mbiango is to gather both art and its viewer into one stunning, deeply spiritual achievement.
Kito Mbiango was born in Brussels in 1966. He is completely self-taught in his technique and utilizes multiple production methods including image transfer and mixed media assemblage all applied meticulously by hand. His paintings have been featured in public and private collections in the US and Europe and have been featured in publications such as Town & Country Magazine and Architectural Design. Non-profit groups, including UNICEF and Voices United, have also featured Mbiango’s work. He spends his time between Brussels and Miami with his wife and two children.
Wynwood Central Gallery
2242 NW 1st Place
Miami, FL 33137