Chenge Baruti Biography

Chenge Baruti

1937-2001

Biography

Chenge Baruti was born Barnabé Berquin to a Belgian father and Congolese mother in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 5, 1937. He began painting at age fifteen and was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa after graduating secondary studies. He graduated with a diploma in painting in 1959 and moved to Lubumbashi where he briefly taught painting at the academy before leaving to open an arts workshop and gallery with his older brother, Chenge Kanuto. The two held workshops in copperware, sculpture, and painting. Baruti was active until his death in 2001. Among his exhibition participation was the Biennial of Contemporary Bantu Art (1990) and the AICA modern art exhibition (1969). Baruti sometimes signed his art with his given name, "Berquin."