Mixed media on French linen

200cm x 200cm
  • Artwork Description
    At the end of 2018/19, Karl Largefel - the late creative director of Chanel invited Kongo to his personal studio at 17bis Quai Voltaire to collaborate on works honoring ancient Egyptian culture. Here, the collection “Quai Voltaire” was born, marking the handshake of two greats in the art world. The work "Chanel Vert" is one of the few remaining masterpieces in this collection and was sent back to Vietnam by the artist. Most of the other works are kept by Kongo to commemorate the fateful meeting of the two artists.

    “Chanel Vert” is a pun on Cyril Kongo's style, but still exudes Chanel's chic and trendy style. Ancient Egyptian symbols are also cleverly incorporated into the painting symbolizing immortality, as if to honor the legacy left by Karl Largefeld and affirm once again he will live forever in our hearts.

Cyril Kongo’s artworks is marked by his experience and his vision of life. After painting in the streets for more than 30 years and working so that graffiti can be perceived differently, this artist is now considered as a pioneer who understood how to break the codes and build something new through his contemporary and “avant-gardiste” point of view. His influences are multicultural, his level of excellence and his capacity to create new bridges between opposite worlds has forged his style and career.



Cyril Kongo has been able to associate his name with excellence, abundance and virtuosity. He comes from a marginalized environment which has been set aside of the institutionalized art industry but today this visionary artist is known internationally. His singular universe and his strong identity gave him the opportunity to collaborate with the most prestigious names of fashion such as Hermès, Chanel, Richard Mille but also with luxurious brands based on art and craftsmanship such as La Cornue, Pinel&Pinel, Atelier Victor, Daum,…