Kando is a professional visual artist, living in Montreal. He was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and Environmental Design at UQAM in Montreal. For ten years, Kando has been developing his work, exploring themes of individuality and identity as a way to express his deep desire for freedom.
Kando grew up in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He currently lives and works in Montreal. He completed his training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa (2009) and more recently graduated with a Bachelor in Design de l’environnement at UQAM (2016). In 2020, he received the Best of the Art Fair Toronto Outdoor Award, offered by the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation. He has participated in exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Africa and Europe. His work stems from humanistic and social research. A desire for freedom and equity drives the artist. His work questions the construction of identity and celebrates diversity. Since he arrived in Quebec in 2009, Kando has been eager to integrate into his new country. While adjusting to a new culture can be a long process, Kando finds himself a stranger in his native land, where he is now told that he is no longer genuinely Congolese. Thus, the artist oscillates between the heritage of his origins and his new experiences in Quebec. According to him, the meeting of these two worlds makes the most extraordinary richness of his work. Kando’s emotionally bold works tell stories of resilience and survival in the midst of chaos — all poignant reflections of the current global discontent. He finds a beautiful balance in depicting calm and peace.