His studio is across the street from Kinshasa’s School of Fine Arts, the famous Academy des Beaux Arts. An avid lover of football and twelfth child of his family hence where his nickname of ‘Douze’ (Twelve in French)’ Doudou Mbemba is from the lineage as all the great Congolese artists. In 2007, he made his first solo exhibition in South Africa. A year later, in 2008, he participated in the ‘off’ of the international Biennale of Dakar. Over the years, Douze has showed his work in Cameroon, Rwanda, France, South Africa.
Prior to this newest that MALABO organized to put together in Brazzaville, Congo, two years had gone by since his last show ” Traffic jams” in his hometown Kinshasa. These oil paintings are an invitation to dialogue, a response to the world around him where the daily lives of millions of people, especially of those Congolese compatriots, is marked by a cacophonous, rampant, violent struggle for survival. With “Libanda”, Doudou wants to denounce things of façade, appearances, and postures that are the mirror opposite of daily reality in Kinshasa.