Maurice Mbikayi was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1974. He attended the Academies des Beaux Arts and graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design and visual communication in 2000, then decided to expand his horizons and moved to South Africa in mid-2004. In 2010 he participated in the Hollard Exchange Program facilitated by the Spier Arts Academy in Cape Town.
Maurice has participated in various group exhibitions as The AVA Gallery,The Centre for African Studies Gallery/UCT, The Alliance Francaise of SA, The National Museum of Swaziland, CCF/Maputo, Mozambique, The S.A.Iziko Slave Lodge, and the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2008 in Zimbabwe(HIFA 2008). Through his art, Maurice explores various aspects of visual art and public performance, implementing group processes and workshops where he uses art as a tool of reestablishing socio-political boundaries.
My work is primarily related with Identity, History and technology seeking to interrogate socio-political boundaries. And as cultural activist I’m interested in identity, origin and space. How an individual can compromise, renegotiate space, and adapt to become reborn. I also investigate the effects of technology on identity and history, while unpacking the ways in which technology has had an impact on diverse African populations. As an artist, I draw on the numerous technological resources available for realizing some ideas more efficiently.