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CINTHIA SIFA MULANGA

I was born in the DRC however, the visual references and influences in my art are rooted in my adopted home of South Africa, where I grew up and move places then trained as an artist at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg. The focus at that institution is on print-making, however, I became preoccupied with painting and collage.  These are the mediums that have come to define my practice. They serve in my dual interest in engaging with the history of western art and popular culture thus delving into African art.

The focus of my art is on the representation of Black women. Through their depiction, I engage in different personas, emotions, or states of mind. Typically, I juxtapose several different women in my paintings, thereby highlighting the complexities of female identity, the stream of varying consciousnesses that occupy a single space, identity or moment in time. As such my paintings operate as multi-perspectival portraits while the spaces allow me to create open conversations and interrogate the notions of beauty.

This polyphonic character is amplified through the introduction of additional female subjects via the inclusion of painted or collaged artworks hanging on the walls of the rooms occupied by my subjects. These images of women, typically sourced from popular culture or the history of western painting, serve as a reminder of how the structures of the female gender and beauty are reinforced and bear down on my subjects. In this way I am in conversation with the tradition of western painting, challenging the absence of black female subjects and the representation of women at the hands of male artists.

At times I reference well-known artworks or those produced by my South African contemporaries. They are intended as tributes to their work, and playful acts of recontextualisation. This referential element is also driven by my own desires, to plot spaces beyond my reach or that of my viewers. This is further complemented by furniture and decorative pieces in the interiors that evoke aspirational lifestyles advanced by decor magazines.

Sifa works closely with Latitudes Online, who acts as her agent.

Artwork above: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Elements - In Her Finest, 2022, Mixed Media on stretched canvas

Luxury fashion house, Gucci, collaborates with Cinthia Sifa Mulanga for its latest campaign

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga has rapidly risen to international recognition, with her representations of female subjects trapped in interior spaces striking a particular chord during the pandemic. Now the 25-year-old Latitudes artist has caught the eye of Italian fashion house Gucci, who have commissioned her to create an artwork that celebrates their iconic Diana tote bag.

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Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Before the Oasis I, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Before the Oasis II, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Before the Oasis III, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Preference until Proven Standard I, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The library, 2021

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Preference until proven standard I, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
With Desire, 2021

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Drops on your Garments, 2021

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Self-sureness, 2021

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Splendor, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Performing or acting confidence I, 2022

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Unbothered, 2021

Exhibitions

2022, In The Becoming solo presented by Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

2022, Shout plenty group show presented by African Artist Foundation Lagos 

2022 Investec Cape Town Art Fair presented by Botho Space 

2021 AKAA Fair Paris presented by African Arty

2021 Africa Present Artnet Auction presented in collaboration with Latitudes Online

2021 ‘I love who you are, I love who you ain’t’ Miami Billbrady Gallery curated by Wunika Mukan

2021 Mother of Mankind, The House of Fine Arts London curated by Adora Mba

2021 UN Women, A Force for Change, Agora Gallery, NYC

2021 Art on a Postcard Summer Auction Fundraiser for The Hepatitis C Trust

2021 Intimate Spaces, African Arty, Casablanca in partnership with Latitudes Online

2021 Latitudes Online x The Lockdown Collection Open Call Collection Auction

2021 London Art Fair EDITs represented by African Arty in partnership with Latitudes Online

2020 Lagos group exhibition curated by Azu Ngwagbugo "liminality in infinite spaces"

2020 3rd year group exhibition graduation with Artist proof studio

2020 The Eclectic group exhibition at The Artroom Gallery

2020 The Human experience group exhibition with The Project Space

2020 Green recovery project for climate change portfolio with Artist proof studio

2020 Presented on Latitudes Online

2020 The student Lock Down Collection with Artist Proof Studio and The University of Johannesburg

2019 “Louis Khela Maqhubela & Douglas Portway” presented by Artist Proof Studio and Strauss & Co at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. First prize winner

2018 Participation in group exhibition, “animal in distress” with Little Artist and JSE Deutsche Bank at Grahams Fine Art, Johannesburg

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