Photo of Maurice Mbikayi

Maurice Mbikayi

b. Kinshasa, 1974. Lives in Cape Town

Displaying a bold design sensibility Mbikayi skillfully integrates found materials and political themes, producing works that are fresh and startling.

Arts Education

2009 Photography, Vega Photography School, Cape Town
2000 Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
1994 Diploma in Fine Art, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Exhibitions (solo)

2011 Notre Peau, Association for Visual Arts; Centre for African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town, Cape Town; Villa Arcadia, Hollard Campus, Parktown, Johannesburg
2010 Echoes, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town
2007 Maurice Mbikayi, The Framery Gallery, Sea Point, Cape Town

Exhibitions (group)

2010 Amani Festival, LookOut Hill, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
2009 Artreach in progress, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2008 Soul of Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg. The art of determination, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
2007 Human Rights Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town. Reconcilliation Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town. Blank Projects, Woodstock, Cape Town. Sanlam Gallery, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. X-Cape Circuit, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town
2006 A Response to Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town. A journey together, voyage ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town. Portrait, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town. The Framery Gallery, Sea Point


2010 Voices (performance), Spier Contemporary 2010, City Hall, Cape Town. Distant relationships (performance), Mullineux Wine Cellar, Riebeek Kasteel, Cape Town Healing (performance), Festival of cultural diversity, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
2008 Talking Heads, video performance with Magdelena Kunz and Daniel Glaser, Pro Helvetia Swizz Council, Cape Town


The Development Bank of South Africa, Midrand. Hollard Corporate, Johannesburg


2011 Business Art South Africa, July 27, p. 6. SA Art Times, February, p. 28. What’s on in Cape Town, Mail and Guardian, January 28 to February 3, p. 3. Cape Times, January 21
2010 Ruth Simbao, Cosmolocalism: The audacity of place, CCA Lagos Newsletter, no. 10, September-December. Jay Pather (ed.), Spier Contemporary 2010, Africa Center, Cape Town
2010 Sean O’Toole, Parting shot, Sunday Times, March 28. Art South Africa, Winter, vol. 8, issue 4
2007 Andrew Mulenga, Artistically brushing out xenophobia in SA, Weekend Post, November 30


2010-2011 The Hollard Creative Exchange Programme, Cape Town and Johannesburg
2007 Best group proposal, Table Mountain Cable Way Station Award


2010 Up and Down (with Steve Bandoma), research project from 2010 Reasons to live in small town, VANSA, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Performance Arts Workshop – Spier Contemporary, Hidding Hall, University of Cape Town.
2010 Portrait, a film documentary for Red Cross Exchange programme, Cape Town. Stroke of genius, workshop facilitator, Bien Donnee Mannor farm, Department of Sport and Cultural Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for adolecents and elderly, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for women with HIV/AIDS, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for children, Lawrence House Shelter, Woodstock, Cape Town
2007 Educational youth programmes (with Kathy Coates), a series of mixed media installations, Iziko South African National Gallery, Annexe, Cape Town. The art of dessent, a film documentary with Lionel Davis, Jonathan Zapiro, Ruth Carneson, Cape Town
2006-2007 Multimediations, Cape Africa Platform (with City Varsity), Cape Town
2006 Facilitator, Art therapy workshop for refugee women and children, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town


A Creative Exchange

Getting under our skinSuzy Bell, Cape Times January 21, 2011

Maurice Mbikayi Art South Africa 2011

Maurice Mbikayi: The Creative Exchange

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2006