Augie N'Kele and Forgotten Heritage
Welcome to the website home of Augie Kuyowa N'Kele
I am from the Kongo people. Before Columbus sailed to the New World, the Portuguese had already established trade relations with the kingdom of Kongo. Members of the royal court of Kongo attended the university in Lisbon. I speak the Kikongo language, as well as Lingala, Swahili, French and English. Congo is always in my heart although it has been many years since I have been there in person.
Ithaca University in New York included N'Kele on a list of 20th century African Americans who have made important contributions to the humanities
We use our past to build our future. If we do not know our history we are left with a blank slate on which anything can be written.
Augie N'Kele was born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa in 1953. He has been a U S citizen since 1995.
Called "a storyteller with his hands" by DFW Connection Magazine for Forgotten Heritage, Augie N'Kele's first exhibition was in Texas 1992. The Africa- born artist has gone on to exhibit throughout the United States as well as internationally when Forgotten Heritage toured Norway for three years.
A recommendation from the Dallas Museum of Art led to his work being selected for a PBS special, Art Journeys Gallery: Out of Africa into America, produced by the Art Museum of South Texas at Corpus Christi in 1997. The program was syndicated nationally on PBS and broadcast to schools via Satellite in the Classroom.
In 2003, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, invited N'Kele to lecture in conjunction with their exhibition, Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa.
N'Kele has conducted artist residencies in Irving, Dallas, Southlake and Fort Worth, working with students from kindergarten through college. His most recent Residency was working with teens at the DesignIT Studios at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.