About Cyril Kongo

Cyril Kongo as known as Cyril Phan was born in 1969 in Toulouse (France). At the age of 18, Cyril Kongo began his career as a graffiti artist. From a high-school drop out, street artist, to self-made world-renowned French-Vietnamese artist, the self-taught French-Vietnamese artist’s visual identity stems from the letter, and now he’s always pushing the limits of words and writing, infusing them with unbridled joie de vivre and optimism. Today, Kongo leaves his mark on any medium – whether wall, canvas, shop window, trunk, bag, scarf, champagne bottle, car or even airplane – revisiting it in his own way and multiplying collaborations with brands like Hermès, Richard Mille, Daum and La Cornue. 

1969
1969
Cyril Kongo Was Born In Toulouse France

Spent part of his childhood in Vietnam, As a teenager he lived in Kongo (Brazzaville) it has such an important influence that he has chosen his artist name as a reference to that time.

 

 

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1987
1987
Join The Graffiti Collective Mac Crew
From 1989 until 2001 they paint big walls.
2002 - 2014
2002 - 2014
Kosmopolite
First international graffiti festival, created with the MAC crew in Bagnolet (France). The objective was to promote Graffiti and Street Art worldwide, in 12 years the festival has welcome 700 artists and more than 150 000 visitors www.kosmopolite.com
2008
2008
New Type Of Collaboration
Begins to collaborate with the Luxury Industry.
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2009
2009
T.A.G AU GRAND PALAIS
two masterpieces presented at the Alain Dominique Gallizzia exhibition at The Grand Palais (Paris) T.A.G au Grand Palais. Tag au grand palais Pierre Guillien
2011
2011
First Personal Exhibition
At the Wallworks Gallery of Claude Kunetz “De la rue jaillit la lumière” with 30 masterpieces
2011
2011
Creation For Hermes
Of a silk scarf, beginning of a long collaboration
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2012
2012
Kosmopolite Art Tour Festival
The event takes place in a new town each year (Rio, Jakarta, Amsterdam…)
2016
2016
RICHARD MILLE
The kongo watch requested 2 years of development for 30 unique pieces
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2016
2016
DAUM
Collaboration with Daum Paint Cristal Bomb
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2018
2018
LA CORNUE
La Cornue special series for the 110 years of the manufacture, 6 cooking range with the graphic codes ok Cyril Kongo France and the 5 continents. Design Grand Prix 2018 of Architectural Digest
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2018
2018
CHANEL
Collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY around the theme Ancient Egypt
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2020
2020
KONGO EXHIBITS AT THE GRANDE ARCHE
The exhibit "Kongo sur le toit de la Défense" was the first street art exhibition in this space. This retrospective of his work and encounters at 110 m high was a real journey.
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2020
2020
LAUNCHING OF THE FIRST GALLERY BOUTIQUE IN HANOI
Launched in 2020, Cyril Kongo Hanoi Gallery is the first gallery of the Vietnamese original graffiti legend in the world. It will display works of art typical of Kongo's career. Works with vivid pictorial language made on a variety of materials in Kongo's collections and collaborative projects have been exhibited in many countries around the world.
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