Born in Kinshasa, on 4 March 1959, the artist, painter, muralist and sculptor Roger Botembe received many prizes and awards over his career. A painter of life's deeper sides, he believed that life is essentially about movement and mystery. He observed, surprised and translated life through increasingly enigmatic shapes, which his colour pallet defines and dissolves somewhere on the fringes of figurative and abstract art. As a founder of trans-symbolism, Botembe transcended the tradition by developing his painting through the exploration of signs and symbols taken from traditional African sculpture and masks.