Dolet MALALUDolet MALALU WATEKO, born February 7, 1980, lives and works in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He was mistakenly introduced as “self-taught", yet he followed the teachings of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa integrated in 2000, after literary studies in Latin and Philosophy. He has exhibited since 2002 and his experience and education are particularly interesting, even if they can baffle us. Indeed, he is an artist in the full sense of the term, Dolet MALALU did not just paint.
Since 2002, he has participated in a cross-residence and a workshop exchange with artists Fabien VERSCHAERE and Seamus FARREL at the French Institute of Kinshasa. Shortly thereafter, more projects followed, some solo, but many, with other artists from other countries.
Thus in 2006, Dolet MALALU worked in the creative workshop of urban scenery of Kinshasa with Beninese artist of great notoriety, Dominique ZINKPE. In 2009, he collaborated on the in situ workshop of creation and reflection on contemporary art driven by the Cameroonian artist, unfortunately now gone, Gody LEYE Kodjo in Kinshasa.

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In the same year, Dolet MALALU participated in a workshop on musical posters of Congolese musicians with the French artist, living in Senegal, Vincent MICHEA. At the same time, in 2003, he set up a creative workshop and began the project "Kitendi (Dandy) Religion or Sapologie (Sape)”.
In 2010, the artist tried his hand at cinema and began as an extra in the film “Viva” with the Congolese director Djo TUNDA WA MUNGA, in Kinshasa. An obsession with show business will not let him go as in turn Dolet MALALU will appear as a machinist, then comedian and electro machinist and still boom operator, participant and advisor. In the end he completed a film training course in KIRIPI SIKU's MUTOTU cinema agency.
Added to this are multiple interventions as a production designer, for both exhibitions and concerts. In 2011, Dlet MALALU was the production designer of the artist Willys KEZY’s exhibition “Mbanza and Elsewhere”, at the French Institute of Brazzaville.
However he was also, the following year, production designer for the artist Flamme KAPAYA at the French Institute of Kinshasa and designed the scenes of several events (performances, happenings, etc.) of the artist Julie DIKEY in Kinshasa and Cameroon. In 2012, MALALU created his collective Kisalu Nkia Mbote. We should talk about the creation, in 2013, of his play ART & BEAUTE at the French Institute of Kinshasa.
But we're here to talk about MALALU’s visual arts contributions, and there's a lot of material there too. He has exhibited and participated in events in multiple places, whether in Kinshasa, obviously, but also Strasbourg, Brazzaville, Pointe Noire, as well as Cameroon, Uganda, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Morocco!
Two of his works successfully sold in a public auction at PIASA in Paris in 2018, dedicated to contemporary African art.
Not being in the vein of the "naive" artists who have made the success of the Kinshasa School a little overrated, Dolet MALALU attacks with strong works, organized in their disintegration that address the themes which are dear to him and, in spite of some tangents and false clues, they essentially refer to the "undermining" of this typically Kinois sartorial art which is at once a work of art, a manifesto, a religion and a way of being, of existing and of appearing.
A veritable instrument of recognition, “la sape", the fact of dressing in an extraordinarily original way, in garish tones and with implausible accessories, is for young Congolese men a way to assert their identity, their personality, their way of life, from party to celebration, on city nights and probably to deny the misery and the tragic hazards of life.
The "undermining" is also at the origin of many new words that have deviated “sapeur” from its usual sense, even the word "sapology" that he does not hesitate to call “Kitendi Religion”!
This way of life has influenced most contemporary Congolese artists who manifest themselves in their creations; with large frescoes depicting life and often nightlife, among the most famous are Chéri SAMBA or Chéri CHERIN, to name a few. In his original way, Dolet MALALU fits in their wake as for his themes, but does not look like them in his pictorial quest. Inhabited by human characters who have a very strong presence, his canvases are often covered by graffiti, show men and women, together or separately, in the acts of urban life; in places and moments that a few clues, such as street signs, or the very titles of the works, reveal, without seeming to have any formal connection.
With their bulging eyes, detailed jaws, all gashed with raging paint, Jean-Michel BASQUIAT is not far away, but we can not talk about pastiche or inspiration, just some references, in the form of discrete homage.
Dolet MALALU has a tonic painting style that is fun to see and will retain its power and charm for a long time.

Sylvain Sankalé
Dakar, December 1, 2019

List of shows and other activities

- Duo show « Kin by Night » - Dolet Malalu & Francklin Mbungu – OOA Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
- Solo Show at ST-ART – European Contemporary Art & Design Fair – Strasbourg, France
- Artistic Residence – Jardin Rouge, Montresso Foundation– Marrakech, Morrocco

- Auction Contemporary African Art – Piasa – Paris, France
- Show – Grassi Museum – Leipzig, Germany
- Show «Spiritual immigration» - Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC
- Show – Florence Gallery – Bézier, France

- System installation – Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC
- Show « Boulevard Lumumba » - Antwerp University – Antwerp, Belgium

- Actor and stagehand in the Fiction film «Lobi Kuna», directed by Mathias de Grong and Kiripi Siku
- Stagehand for the Documentary film «Fleuve Congo» - Sicos Group
- Stagehand for the Documentary film «Mande», directed by Renate Wembo
- Participant and advisor for the Documentary film « Kin Contempo », directed by Renate Wembo
- Show – Benetton Foundation – Italy
- Show « La paix dans le monde » - Palais des Congrès – Lions Club - DRC
- Stagehand for the Film « 11.11.11 » directed by Kiripi Siku
- Stagehand for the Documentary film « Générique Congolaise » with musician Brigade Sarbati, directed by Kiripi Siku and David N. Bernat
- Show « Music is a feature of man » - Kampala, Ouganda

- Scenographer of the Performance « Ozonisation » by artist Julie Djikey – Festival Ravy - Cameroon
- Scenographer and creator of the show « Bis Lakisa » - Iguane Space - Pointe Noire, DRC
- Scenographer of the concert of musician Gaël MANANGU – Iguane Space – Pointe Noire, DRC
- Scenographer of the concert « Caimanat et le Makwala » - Night Club Le Diplex – Pointe Noire, DRC
- Show « Carpe diem » - Institut Français – Pointe Noire - DRC
- Performance «1 heure 1 œuvre» Institut Français – Pointe Noire, DRC
- Jury member for the «Child price» - Institut Français – Pointe Noire, DRC
- Show, system installation and scenographer – Yango Biennial – Centre Wallonie – Bruxelles, Belgium
- Group show - «70 ans d’existence de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts» - Installation of the «European dream» - TMB Gallery – Kinshasa , DRC
- Residence workshop – Creation of the theatrical piece «Art & Beauté» - Institut Français – Kinshasa , DRC
- Installation and production « Sape car »
- Residence workshop « Carré » - Biennial of Kinshasa, DRC
- Show « Kitaba » and performance « Religion Kitendi » with the Prontonego dandies in the Cultural Centre Basango - Pointe Noire, DRC
- Scenographer of the singer Gasanjii - Jazz Basango Festival – Pointe Noire, DRC

- Scenographer of artist Flamme Kapaya - Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC
- Scenographer of the performance « 3ème Ruelle « by artist Julie Djikey
- Scenographer «Work in Progress » of artist Julie DjiKey - Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC
- Scenographer of the « Happening « of artist Julie DjiKey - 52nd birthday of the DRC Independance
- Participation in the film « Caravane des dix mots »
- Participation in a painting workshop with artist Aimé Pane - Belgian Acadet School – Kinshasa – DRC

- Scenographer of the show « Mbanza et Ailleurs » by artist Willys Kezy – Institut Français - Congo Brazzaville
- Extra and stagehand for the film « Danger D’Avenir » directed by Kiripi Siku
- Actor and electro stagehand for the film « Rebelle ». directer by Kim Nguyen
- Film training session with the Cine Mutotu Agency of Kiripi Siku
- Scenographer of the show « Mbanza et ailleurs » and « Performance of Illegals » – Cultural Centre Basango – Pointe Noire, DRC

- Extra in the film « Viva », directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga – Kinshasa, DRC
- Artistic residence « Alienator on tour » and show - Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC
- 50/60 urban show project with two schools in partnership with Beaux-Arts – Kinshasa, DRC and Decorative Art School – Strasbourg, France
- Urban show in the streets of Brazzaville, DRC
- Bolero show – Drawings in newspapers - France
- Papier–mâché sculpture workshop with the children of Kinshasa, DRC
- Show « Les Immortels » - Eza Possible Space – Kinshasa, DRC

- In Situ creation workshop and reflection about contemporary art, moderated by the Cameroonian artist Gody Leye Kodjo – Kinshasa, DRC
- Workshop around posters for a Congolese musician with French artist Vincent Michéa - Performance about African colonisation – Kinshasa, DRC

- Création of the System Installation

- Urban scenographer of Kinshasa – Creation workshop with artist Dominique Zinkpe

- Creation workishop around the project « Kitendi Religion or Sapology (Sape) »

- Artistic residence and workshop with French artist Fabien Verschaere and Seamus Farrell – Institut Français – Kinshasa, DRC

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. Dolet Malalu - Visa Cuba - 2019 - 112cm H x 92cm W - Acrylic and pastels on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Dolet Malalu - Kin 01 - 2019 - Diptyque 198cm H x 2 x 114cm W - Acrylic, pastels, fabric collage & spray paint on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Dolet Malalu - La fille à la plage - 2019 - 195cm H x 114cm W - Acrylic, pastels and collage on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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