Kando was born in Kinshasa, capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Originally a self-taught artist, he began by spontaneously depicting everyday street scenes. He quickly developed a style.

He studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa, where he was able to explore various visual arts media.

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Artist Statement

Artistic creation is a way to celebrate my identity. Nourished by experiences past and present, it serves as a witness of my existence. Starting with my childhood in Kinshasa, people have been part of my universe – thus I use them as a vehicle to speak and express myself.

Following my arrival in Québec, I considered myself part of my host society. But to what extent? There is always something that reminds me that I’m not from here. In addition, when I return to the Congo after many years away, I have difficulty identifying myself as part of that society. Today, I question my identity, and claim one that is situated between two cultures.

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