16th Nov, 2023 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 27
Lot 27 - Patrick Bongoy (Democratic Republic of the Congo 1980-)


Patrick Bongoy (Democratic Republic of the Congo 1980-)
Revenants ii Reluctant Travellers Transforming into Outsiders Carrying as Much as We Can Bear

recycled rubber on fibreglass cast

Artwork date: 2017
Exhibited: Ebony/Curated, Cape Town, 'Where Are We? Where Are We Going?', 26 April to 26 May 2017.

Sold for R114,375
Estimated at R100,000 - R150,000


recycled rubber on fibreglass cast

Artwork date: 2017
Exhibited: Ebony/Curated, Cape Town, 'Where Are We? Where Are We Going?', 26 April to 26 May 2017.


175 x 53 x 66 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

Strauss & Co., Contemporary Art, 17 February 2018, lot 45.

Ebony/Curated, Cape Town.


Harnessing the value and significance of recycling, traditional basket weaving while referencing the intense labour of blue-collar workers, and the politically volatile history of his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrick Bongoy sculpts intricately with unconventional industrial materials. Tyres, hessian cloth and commercial packaging, among other materials, form sculptures that add a new layer of value and artistic critique to their conventional utilitarian uses.

Bongoy’s impressive sculptures have received much praise both locally and internationally for his powerful reference to relevant socio-political issues facing African migrants, coupled with his resourceful usage of material.


  • Bongoy recently held a solo exhibition, Unseen Dimensions of the Known at Southern Guild in Cape Town, in 2022.
  • The artist has also held solo shows at THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE art gallery in Lisbon and Angola, in 2021; Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, in 2019; Association of Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town, in 2019 and Ebony/Curated in Cape Town, from 2017 to 2018.
  • Important art fairs and prestigious exhibitions include the 2020 Stellenbosch Triennale, Contemporary Istanbul, 1-54 London, and the Lisboa Art Fair.


The artist is represented in numerous local and international collections, notably, SADI Collectif, Kinshasa; First Collection, Israel; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria and the Amazon collection, South Africa.

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