Jimi Kabela



Artist Statement

I use remnants of traditional African textiles and other items to express the Congolese and African roots of my birthplace. The exuberant, daring, and colorful patterns worn by the men and women of the Congo are reminders of my ancestors, language, and origins. My exploration of abstract painting balances geometry and process informed by my American experiences, too. I grew up in Dallas, Texas. In my artistic work, I depict the complexity, positive rhythms, and energies of both African and American cultural influences. It is through collaging and abstraction of both the paint medium and the remnants of African textiles that allow me to depict this duality of culture. Jimi Kabela, 2023

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions