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Christophe Ndabananiye – CV

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Christophe Ndabananiye was born in 1977 as the son of Rwandan parents in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the age of nine years, he moved to Rwanda with his family. Already at the age of twelve years, he was working as a sign painter, and from 1991 on, he attended the secondary school of art École d´Art de Nyundo in Rwanda. At the age of eighteen, he came to Germany. Having acquired an entrance qualification for a University of Applied Science (Fachhochschule), he studied free art at the “Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar” (HBKsaar) in Saarbrücken until 2008. He participated in a wide range of exhibitions at home and abroad, receiving, among others, the prestigious Villa Romana Prize in 2018 and, associated with it, a scholarship in Florence, as well as artist residencies in Baden-Baden and Cosenza. In addition, Ndabananiye worked at Free University Berlin as an academic assistant in the Department of African Art.