Cyril Phan was born in Toulouse, in 1969, of a French mother and a Vietnamese father. His childhood was spent first in Vietnam, then in the South of France. At 14, he moved with his mother to Brazzaville, in the Democratic Republic of Congo—hence his signature, Kongo. Four years later he returned to France, where he settled in the greater Paris area, despite living and working between Paris, Hong Kong and Guadeloupe. The same diverse cultural influences that helped forge his identity and artistic style have made him a man at ease on every continent.
A street artist and autodidact, Kongo first attracted attention as a tagger and graffiti artist on the urban scene in Paris, but over the course of 20 years as a practicing artist, he has become an internationally recognised figure in the world of graffiti.
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