street art

Kongo /   Cyril Phan

France 1969

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Murals, Design

Cyril Phan
March 13, 2015

Cyril Phan is a French graffiti artist born in 1969, better known under the internationally pseudonym of Kongo. A self-taught painter established himself as one of the leading figures of the French graffiti art scene.

Born to a Vietnamese father and French mother, after the fall of Saigon in 1975, the artist lived two years in the Republic of Congo with his mother. Kongo first started doing graffiti in 1986. He was a part of the famous MAC Group – Mort Aux Cons. Kongo was first known as a tagger and graffiti artist on the Parisian, European and American urban scene. In twenty years of practice, he became a recognized international Graffiti artist. He has contributed greatly to defend graffiti as an artistic discipline.

Besides the wall, his favorite mediums are also the pavement, metal, canvas, Plexiglas, ceramics, photography, paper and glass. His works reflect the cosmopolitanism, the transition from one century to another, the era of miscegenation and overconsumption. He gained an international reputation for his unique artistic identity, and is the co-founder of the international Graffiti Festival.

In 2012, French luxury brand Hermes has teamed up with the artist, and the result of this collaboration is a stunning and successful scarf collection featuring the explosively colorful designs reminiscent of Kongo’s street work. At the present, new projects are being born in the mind of Kongo. Never lacking in inspiration, this talented and eclectic artist has not explored all possible fields of action.

Kongo has participated in many national and international festivals, exhibiting his works. His art was also featured in several gallery exhibitions, mostly in France. His works are now part of important private collections.

Kongo currently resides in Paris.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014Matignon has KongoGalerie Matignon, ParisSolo
2014The joy of livingD Gallery, JakartaGroup
2014Art BazaarJakarta art fairGroup
2013A stroll in Paris with KongoD Gallery, JakartaSolo
2013I love street artArt gallery Ming, TaipeiGroup
2012Kongo from NarvalandV2 Gallery, LilleSolo
2012From Paris With LoveGallery 28th February, SingaporeGroup
2012One loveCentral Plaza, Hong KongGroup
2012Do not eraseWallworks Gallery, ParisGroup
2012The IncurableHopital Laennec, ParisGroup
2012Do not eraseG-dot Art Space, BeijingGroup
2012Good kiss in ParisViewed Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2011Paris first is exposedthe Grand Palais in ParisGroup
201140 years of pressionismMonacoGroup
2011Collective Graff in the cityOpera Gallery ParisGroup
2011Street gushes colorGallery Wallworks Paris Group
2011InfamousThe Space, Hong KongGroup
2011Hainan appointmentHainan, ChinaGroup
2010Pick it UpDragon I, Hong KongGroup
2010Narvalow ClubDowntown Coffee and Living Room, ParisGroup
2010Sense of ArtLa Courneuve , Seine-Saint-DenisGroup
2010MacrewQuality Street Gallery, Montreuil, Seine-Saint-DenisGroup
2010The Oven's HotThe Bakery Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2010Kosmo Art TourBrussels, BelgiumGroup
2010MAC decadeCultural Centre Léo Lagrange, Neuilly-sur-Marne, Seine-Saint-DenisGroup
2010Propaganda RevolutionM1NT, Hong KongGroup
2010Wall Street ArtsSalihara Gallery, Jakarta, IndonesiaGroup
2010Pierre Bergé salePalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2009Sale Millon and AssociatesHotel Drouot, ParisGroup
2009Heart StreetPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2009Mix'artPointe-à-Pitre, GuadeloupeGroup
2009TAG Gallizia CollectionGrand Palais, ParisGroup
2009MAC HexagonadePol'N, NantesGroup