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Throughout his artistic career, Kongo has been relentlessly breaking old rules and creating something new. A random encounter with Hermès senior while he was painting on the street in Central, brought him the opportunity to work with the prestigious fashion brand, and later with many more international brands including Richard Mille, Daum, Lacoste, Moét and Chandon. From an anonymous graffiti kid to the super star he is today, Kongo has never forgotten his root. He formed the graffiti group M.A.C. with his friends, aiming to promote and spread the love for graffiti. Kongo also collaborated with New York graffiti artist TATS cru, and together they created breath-taking pieces of graffiti art throughout the city. ATN was inspired by their tremendous work and filmed the documentary Trumac: De Paris à South-Bronx, recording how the incredible pieces of art were born, including a 50m x 8m mural.
Kongo’s works were also spotted by established art collector, Alain-Dominique Gallizia, who brought his art to Tags in the Grand Palais at the Grand Palais. In 2011, film producer as well as art agent Claude Kunetz curated Kongo’s first solo show, De la rue jaillit la lumière，which was also brought to Cité des Outre-mer. From then Kongo has held countless exhibitions around the globe, including Belgium, U.S.A., Brazil, Japan, China, Hong Kong etc.
Kongo is just as simple and bright as his colorful paintings – a great man who never loses his child’s heart! In 2008, Kongo met the person who would change his life forever, a senior from Hermès, while he was just leisurely painting on the street in Central. After 3 years, a crossover silk scarf from Hermès and Kongo took the fashion world by storm, which instantly became the hot item of 2011 Autumn/Winter season. It was not long before Kongo became a super star by bringing street culture to couture, popular especially among young people.