Saint Ngeli Mbembo

Artist Statement

The ceramics of Saint Mbembo operates more about forms and lines. His work exploits movements, hollow, reliefs, textures, patterns, architectures, vehicles, human silhouettes, animals or various objects who are mostly distorted to the specific form to express how human constantly changes by his needs and life desires, which are also influenced by his environment.

In a universe where the human being lives with envies and desires of possessing or conquering his daily life. He is attracted by the usual objects and accessories that have transformed his life way and makes him dependent.

Owning a new car, a new home, a latest smartphone, luxurious clothes give the impression of having a higher status and ultimate conquest of space. Let us say, the appearance has conditioned our lives and our habits, which makes from the interior of human being is completely changed by all its desires.

The hate, a new love story, happiness, dependence on money or another good…greed and every challenge that human lives affect his acting way and differ him from its initial state and reacts differently.

Based on this observation that the artist, by his aesthetic, combines and transforms the different recognized forms and figures, gives them a state reflecting all the problems that modify their exterior from interior for a much more expressive state.

-- Saint Ngeli Mbembo


Born in Kinshasa the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo on August 9, 1985. MBEMBO NGELI Syntyche is his full name that he prefers using the short version that is Saint MBEMBO. Passionated about drawing and calligraphy since childhood, he dreamt one day becoming a writer or visual artist. After some hesitation about choice, he has been integrated in art school, which he will be seduced by the plasticity and malleability of clay, with a relentless desire to give form to the matter. Since 2010, he holds a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in Ceramics at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. In addition, he is working as an Assistant teacher since 2011 at this training school, which is the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. In 2014, he moved to China to pursue his another Master degree in Ceramic Design at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute that will be achieved on 2018. Actually, he became a member of International Academy of Ceramic (AIC-IAC) representing his country.