About the Artist
Eyenga Bokamba (she/her/hers)
Eyenga Bokamba is a visual artist and designer whose creative practice is based in the United States and Italy. Among her accomplishments are a Bush Leadership Fellowship, four solo shows in the US and one in Italy and induction into the National Association of Women Artists. Bokamba currently serves as a board member of the National Performance Network.
Recent shows include What will I do with all this freedom? a solo show at the NAWA Gallery in New York City (2018), Personal Structures, a juried international group show in the Venice Biennale at the European Cultural Center (2019), the Minnesota Black Fine Arts Show (2019-2020) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Foot in the Door 5 (2020-2021). “My greatest desire, says the artist, “is to create work that pivots on an axis of understanding and advances our collective consciousness about what it means to be alive, thriving and empathetic in today’s world.”
Upcoming shows include The universe is conspiring for your every happiness: New Paintings by Eyenga Bokamba on view May 14 – September 17, 2022 at the UM Physicians Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis and Color, Line, Form: Contemporary Abstract Art in Minnesota on view June 24 – August 13, 2022 at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN.
The artist is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Harvard University.
About the Artwork + Radical Rest
Voice Activation Series #1
"This painting from my Voice Activation Series anchors an upcoming solo show entitled “The Universe is Conspiring for Your Every Happiness”. This painting represents the exponential growth, holistic joy and deep rest that come from speaking one’s truth in the world and being met with openness, possibility and even more joy.
As an artist, I see rest and renewal as my primary responsibilities, in that I want to model the most ethical, expansive and responsible self-care for my community in order to encourage our collective focus on healing and health as human rights. I also see the imagination as crucial in facilitating change, so my creative health is crucial for the advancement of movements for justice."