Pilipili Mulongoy
b. 1914
Shaba Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pilipili Mulongoy earned his living as a house painter in Lubumbashi before enrolling in the atelier of Pierre-Romain Desfossés, a Belgian painter and patron. Desfossés' studio later became the Académie des beaux arts. He encouraged aspiring artists to paint highly decorative scenes of nature. Pilipili was one of the first to enroll in this school and soon became a leader among the students. Mulongoy collaborated with Ilunga on Pintades.

c. 1950
Oil on masonite
125 x 247 cm (49 3/16 x 97 1/4 in.)
92-15-4, museum purchase
(on view May-August 2001)