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Cinthia Sifa Mulanga

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997 and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She works in several mediums, including painting, collage, drawing and printmaking. Sifa graduated her 3rd year in 2020 at Artist Proof Studio in printmaking combining techniques such as intaglio, linocut and silkscreening. Her third year body of work explored the politics surrounding the domestic space and notions of beauty within an Afropolitan context.

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

Artwork above: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Her Element, 2021, Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 84 cm x 118 cm

"My work explores beauty constructs as well as their psychological and physical impact on African women through the search for my own identity as a Congolese young woman, raised in South Africa. I create moments within domestic spaces by using different mediums such as acrylic with oil paint, charcoal, ink, collage from personal photographs, fabric, history books, newspapers, and magazines. The moments I create in these domestic spaces are dialogues between the perceived beauty standards, stereotypes which in their compositions function to both challenge and embrace African women. The Barbie doll, a primary inspiration to my work, is used with other feminine objects or ideologies associated with African women, representing thoughts, misconceptions, perceptions emotions, and the evolution of beauty itself. These spaces allow me to create open conversations and interrogate the notions of beauty."

"Beauty is a core theme throughout her work, yet Cinthia handles the subject by building layer upon layer of hidden messages, symbolism and meaning. As a viewer, you’re asked to consider the question: What does beauty mean today?"

“I hope they resonate with a particular moment in the works,” she says, “whether of their own or of someone they know, to interest with them from a place of reflection."

– Published article in It's Nice That, 23 July 2021

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
Unbothered, 2020
Mixed Media
80 cm x 64 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Her looks inspired by, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The Mood Board, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Her textures inspired by, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Vous Les femme, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The beauty of one is no absence of another, 2021
Mixed Media
35 cm x 51 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Self-sureness, 2021
Mixed media on stretched canvas
84 cm x 118 cm

Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
The library, 2021
Mixed media on Fabriano paper
71 cm x 100 cm


Cinthia Sifa Mulanga. Kurudi kwako II (your return II), 2021, acrylic paint with watercolour, ink, charcoal with fabric material and collage on Fabriano paper, 32 cm x 38 cm

Exhibitions

2018 Participation in group exhibition, “animal in distress” with Little Artist and JSE Deutsche Bank at Grahams Fine Art, Johannesburg
2019 “Louis Khela Maqhubela & Douglas Portway” presented by Artist Proof Studio and Strauss & Co at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. First prize winner
2020 The student Lock Down Collection with Artist Proof Studio and The University of Johannesburg
2020 Presented on Latitudes Online
2020 Green recovery project for climate change portfolio with Artist proof studio
2020 The Human experience group exhibition with The Project Space
2020 The Eclectic group exhibition at The Artroom Gallery
2020 3rd year group exhibition graduation with Artist proof studio
2020 Lagos group exhibition curated by Azu Ngwagbugo "liminality in infinite spaces"

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

2021 Latitudes Online x The Lockdown Collection Open Call Collection Auction

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

2021 Art on a Postcard Summer Auction Fundraiser for The Hepatitis C Trust
2021 UN Women, A Force for Change, Agora Gallery, NYC
2021 Mother of Mankind, The House of Fine Arts London curated by Adora Mba
2021 ‘I love who you are, I love who you ain’t’ Miami Billbrady Gallery curated by Wunika Mukan
2021 Africa Present Artnet Auction presented in collaboration with Latitudes Online

2021 AKAA Fair Paris presented by African Arty
2022 Investec Cape Town Art Fair presented by Botho Space 

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