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Congolese Artist Exhibition Opens Saturday at UW Art Museum

April 6, 2016
mosaic of a child's face
“L’envie,” lent by San Francisco’s Haines Gallery, is among Aimé Mpane’s works that will be displayed at the UW Art Museum beginning Saturday. (Aimé Mpane)

A new exhibition, “AIMÉ MPANE,” will open Saturday, April 9, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

The exhibition, on view through July 23, presents works by Congolese artist Aimé Mpane from the last five years. Among them are representations from three series that highlight different subject matter.

“Regard (Homme, Femme et Enfant), 2014” is a multi-panel work depicting a collection of men, women and children that conveys a sense of the individual, family and community. The “Kinoct” series explores themes of race and modern Congolese identity through portraits of women or children from the streets of Kinasha. “La Demoiselle Pende/Masque Bi-face” is a series of carved masks influenced by the work of the 20th century modernist artist Pablo Picasso’s inspired use of African masks.

About Aime Mpane

Mpane is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who creates colorful, rough-hewn portraits and mosaic-like wall murals from plywood. The son and grandson of woodcarvers, he grew up with skilled wood craftsman and received his early fine art education in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received an MFA in painting and tri-dimensional research from the Ecole Nationale Supérierure des Arts Visuels del La Cambre in Brussels.

Mpane is represented in numerous public collections in Africa, Europe and the United States. He has an international exhibition record and divides his time between Kanasha and Brussels.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at, or follow the museum on Facebook.

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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