Wonga Mancoba

Artist at Galerie Mikael Andersen - Wonga Mancoba

  • Wonga Mancoba - Untitled Soweto Hunger 2010
    Untitled (Soweto Hunger), 2010,
    oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - Taxi Z A 2007
    Untitled (Taxi Z.A.), 2007,
    oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - Taxi Rank in Joburg 2010
    Untitled (Taxi Rank In Joburg), 2010,
    oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - Casser La Barracon Smash El Barracon Mental 2010
    Untitled (Casser La Barracon Smash El Barracon Mental!), 2010,
    oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - 154 3
    Untitled, undated
    oil pastel on paper, 46 x 61 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - 154 2
    Untitled, undated
    oil pastel on paper, 46 x 61 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - Cf019308
    Untitled, 2012,
    oil pastel on paper, 36 x 51 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - Cf019310
    Untitled, 2012,
    oil pastel on paper, 36 x 51 cm
  • Wonga Mancoba - 2294
    Installation view, E W S - Ernest Mancoba, Wonga Mancoba, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, 2011
  • Wonga Mancoba - Img 1320

About

Wonga Mancoba’s paintings and drawings are full of stories of slavery, poverty, folklore and urban mythology. His almost idiomatic treatment of these themes is always ripe with the tension of social indignation and skepticism towards the political and economic establishment – but a profound trust in human beings always prevail. Wonga Mancoba was born in 1946 in Paris, France to artist parents Danish sculptor Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984) and South African exiled painter Ernest Mancoba (1904-2002), who were both founding members of the CoBrA movement. Their life and work had an enormous influence on Wonga's career as an artist and his works, though very different from those of his parents, are conceived almost in symbiosis or dialogue with the sculptures, drawings and paintings he grew up with and lived with his whole life. Wonga Mancoba creates a hectic universe in his works. His vibrant, heavily stylized use of letters, public transportation, infrastructure, advertisements, shop signs, brand names come together to form a sort of urban spirit world in which all the ghosts of the past and hopes of the future can live together.

A catalogue with an introductory text on Wonga Mancoba was published by Galerie Mikael Andersen in 2018. Please contact the gallery for more information.

    • CV
  • 1946 – 2015 in Paris, France.
    • Education:
  • 1962-1969: Philosophy and Comparative Literature, l'Université Sorbonne, Paris
    • Exhibitions in the gallery:
    • 1:54 African Art Fair, 23.02 - 24.02, 2019
  • La Mamounia, Marrakech
    • 1:54 African Art Fair, 4.10 - 7.10, 2018
  • Somerset House, London
    • EWS, 12.11 - 17.12, 2011
  • Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
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Installation view, E W S - Ernest Mancoba, Wonga Mancoba, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, 2011
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