The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 30. Phoenix .

Patrick Bongoy


Lot Closed

February 22, 05:28 PM GMT


10,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Details


Patrick Bongoy




recycled inner rubber tube on board

155 by 150 by 31cm., 61 by 59 by 12¼in.

Please be aware of the Conditions of Sale when bidding. As a benefit auction, there is no buyer’s premium charged. The only additional costs due to the winning bidder are applicable sales tax and shipping. Works auctioned are sold “as is,” and condition reports are included with lot descriptions as available. In-person previews of the auction artwork will be available at Norval Foundation at 4 Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa from 26 January – 22 February, Monday to Sundays 9 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed on Tuesdays). Please note that while this auction is hosted on, it is being administered by Norval Foundation (“the museum”), and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the museum. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the museum so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.

This work has been kindly donated by the artist

Patrick Bongoy (b. 1980, Democratic Republic of Congo) is an artist whose work speaks in response to the global challenge of environmental pollution. Drawing from his roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he explores the irony of contemporary urban degradation masked as development through his mixed media installations. Through the recovery of waste materials such as inner tubes from vehicle tyres, industrial packaging and textiles combined with paint and African fabric, Bongoy repurposes and reinterprets what others discard.  


Phoenix expresses Bongoy’s personals association with the DRC’s wounded past and the efforts made generations later to live with yet move beyond these traumatic past events. Things that cannot and must not be forgotten, nor can they be erased. In this work, Bongoy ventures towards re-constructing and re-navigating the way these histories can serve progress.