Bodo was born in 1953 and raised in Mandu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bodo left high school to move to Kinshasa in 1970; he participated in the exhibit Art Partout that same year, and has since become Pentecostal. He lives, works, and preaches in Kinshasa.
Bodo Pambu is one of the founders and key proponents of the Zaïre school of popular painting. His works, along with other artists' work, vigorously exemplify their belief in their capacity to create art that could change history.
In 1980, he converted to Christianity, and joined the Pentecostal church. He became one of the most impassioned pastors of “world evangelism,” and was convinced that it would change his life.
In the early 1990s, Bodo Pambu improved his style of art and is now able “to express my major personal ideas and have more impact. My goals being: the improvement of life, and of visible things, and to share my dreams of a better world.”
Bodo paints everything that he has seen and experienced in his life. His works then successively became chronicles, pamphlets, manifestos, demands or advice. His motive for behind his art is far from selfish. One of Bodo's main themes was the “Ndoki Zoba” (sorcery) and the aims of these paintings were to discourage the practice of sorcery. Bodo's work is fairly surreal, and bears some resemblance to the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch. Some of his paintings are in The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi. His art eventually evolved into symbolic or fantasy subject matter, with a strange imagination that came as a result of his dreams.
- “I express everything that happens to me, so that I am no longer focused on specifically African topics and can address myself to the entire world.”
The titles of his works: River of Delights, Ignorance, or Love, the Source of Life, perfectly echo his beliefs.
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- 2000 Bodo, peintre congolais, Hôtel Sponeck, Montbéliard, France
- 2011 JapanCongo, Magasin Grenoble, France
- 2010 African Stories, Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech
- 2007/2008 Why Africa? Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
- 2007/2008 "Popular Painting" from Kinshasa, Tate Modern, London, UK
- 2006/2007 100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
- 2005 Arts of Africa, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France
- 2005 African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA
- 2004 Les Afriques, Tri Postal, Lille, France
- 2003 Kin Moto na Bruxelles, Hôtel de Ville, Brussels, Belgium
- 2002 Galerie Marc Dengis, Brussels, Belgium
- 2001 La Cité dans la Peinture Populaire, Wallonie-Bruxelles Center, Belgium
- 1996 Bomoi Mobimba -Toute la Vie, Fine Art Palace, Charleroi, France
- "Camille-Pierre BODO Pambu". African Contemporary. Retrieved 12 July 2012.