FRANÇOIS THANGO

BIOGRAPHY

François Thango (1936-1981) was a Congolese painter who lived and worked between Brazzaville and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Thango did not use an easel to paint. His technique involved using enormous narrow rolls of canvas, placed on a flat surface on which he would he would sketch in pencil. The visions, stories and questionings that appeared on the canvas undoubtedly came from his wanderings in the forest.  

His huge frescos are painted in flat, monochrome colors and encircled with thick, black outlines. They lead us into a kind of imaginary and primitive forest where the worlds of animals, plants, monster figures and stylized masks come together. 

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