By gova Ondego
Published April 4, 2013
Rhode Bath-Shéba Makoumbou, the award-winning, Brussels-based visual artist from Congo Brazzaville who specialises in colourful, rural Africa-inspired paintings and sculptures, continues to exhibit her work around the world.
Though living in Belgium since 2004, Makoumbou is said to return to Brazzaville where she runs a creative workshop every year to ‘find inspiration’ for creating works of art that gives cultural exposure to the Congo across the world.
The works of Makoumbou–who received a “Grand Prix des Arts et des Lettres” award from the President of Congo-Brazzaville in 2012–go on show at the first Katara African Festival, “Katara Beach”, Doha, Qatar (April 7-13, 2013) before moving to Store Kabongo, African Design, 11, Immermann Strasse – 40210 Düsseldorf, Germany, June 1-8, 2013.
Makoumbou’s works are also set to be displayed at “Lumumba”, a theatrical evening dubbed “The misunderstood understand” and that features Serge Diantatu signings, Room Le Zebre de Belleville. 63, bd. Belleville – 75011 Paris, France (June 29, 2013; French Institute of Congo (IFC), Roundabout Kasai – Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville (September 19-25, 2013); and Artistica Art Gallery, 7, Mont des Arts – 1000 Brussels, Belgium (November 15-December 14, 2013).
Initiated in the creative world by her painter father–David Makoumbou–Rhode Bath-Schéba Makoumbou is said to have taken up art as a career in 1989. Makoumbou emphasises the domestic chores of women in traditional Africa in her paintings and sculptures.