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Congo’s Talented Artists Struggle for Recognition

Painter Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga’s tiny, sweltering Kinshasa studio seems worlds away from his glittering, well-received foreign exhibitions.   The 25-year-old painter says he is inspired by his country’s vast cultural and mineral wealth — but also by the region's painful colonial history. That message shines through in his captivating, dizzyingly bright paintings of figures garbed in bright Congolese and French textiles, their dark skin scarred by the signature markings...

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