Gallery MOMO has announced the nomination of Maurice Mbikayi for the Luxembourg Art Prize 2016
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Maurice Mbikayi graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from the Academies des Beaux Arts in Kinshasa. He then completed his Master of Fine Art degree (with distinction) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Mbikayi currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa and has recently had a solo exhibition at Gallery MOMO called Mupia-Mupia.
Mbikayi was also selected as a core participant in the ‘Between the Lines’ symposium, an exchange between Michaelis and the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany. He took part in the Spier Contemporary 2010 biennale presented by the Africa Centre in Cape Town and the Hollard Creative Exchange program of 2010-2011 as well. In 2010 he was selected by the Alliance Française for a travelling solo exhibition in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. He was awarded a three-month residency at IAAB in Basel, Switzerland by Pro Helvetia South Africa.
The Luxembourg Art Prize is an annual international competition aiming to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality. The Prize aims to accelerate the careers of unknown artists by providing them with professional art gallery space. Firstly, as part of a group exhibition showcasing the nominees for the Prize, and then as a solo exhibition for the winner.
The winner of the Prize in 2016 will receive an award of €25,000 to fund the production of further work and an individual exhibition in a prestigious gallery. The shortlisted artists will be included in a group exhibition in the gallery. The Luxembourg Art Prize is a unique opportunity to enter the professional art circuit and to have your work seen by major private and institutional art collectors. You will have the chance to be supported and personally advised by Hervé Lancelin.
For further information or the full list of nominees, visit the Luxembourg Art Prize website.