ALBERT LUBAKI
1925-2015 (Democratic Republic of Congo)

BIOGRAPHY
After his cardboard-box paintings were accidentally discovered by a Belgian colonial administrator, Congolese artist Albert Lubaki was showered with gifts of stationery in the hope it would encourage him to paint. The ruse worked; and in 1929, over 50 scenes of village life by this pre-modern African watercolourist were exhibited by Charles-Auguste Girard in Paris and at the Ethnographic Museum in Geneva by curator Eugène Pittard.