Language: French, English
Dimensions: 30.3 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm. / 11.9 x 9.6 x 1 inch.
Condition: Cover: 9/10 Inside: 10/10
Here is KONGO, a beautiful designed and luxureous bound book designed by and on Cyril-Kongo -Phan, one of Paris’ most prolific writers. Almost 2 kilos of colors, stylewriting, blackbook pages, canvasses and other pieces of art and his biography in both French and English. KONGO is decades of passion, energy and pushing graffiti as an art form. – Timski
From the net: Kongo was involved in the design of the book until he created the cover. It was he who built his biography into images that show how life and work cannot be dissociated in his case. He recalls his origins to which he remains very attached: “I started the tags in 1986 and my first graffitied wall dates from 1989. For twenty-five years, I painted walls, I did a lot with the MAC, my “crew”, my brothers at heart. Now, even if I paint less than before, I continue. He stresses the importance of travel “I am often invited by local painters, it’s tradition among graffiti artists… Art does not function without life, without encounters, without food, without travel”, its fundamental freedom: “Our policy was to be anti-system, to fend for ourselves. We set up our own publishing houses, our magazines, our clothing brands. Our policy was to expect nothing from anyone, to do things for ourselves, to be free, to decide whether or not to say yes.” He also traces his evolution that led him from the walls to the galleries, from the street to the workshop: “It simply allowed me to multiply. Paintings or sculptures are mostly a little bit of a nose job at the time. And this fundamental curiosity that led him to experiment tirelessly: “I’m constantly looking for pigments, other ways of making projections, also revisiting the stencil, the airbrush, the ink, the oil, the acrylic… I’m not a painter on a single surface.” And even these new collaborations that led him to imagine crystal for Daum, silk for Hermes and even to paint directly on the movement of a watch for Richard Mille. What is important to him is to direct his life towards excellence and dialogue: “I have this hunger. I believe deeply in the transmission of passion, because it is it that will bring light. “