Mpane, born in Kinshasa, uses acrylic and mixed media on wood pieces. Some of these are puzzle-like, others are incorporate low relief carving (recalling Stephan Balkenhol). It is fascinating to find similarities between the work of artists from dissimilar cultures (Balkenhol is German).
But most of these pieces are different from the German--especially the "puzzle piece" works. They seem simple in construction but they give the illusion of motion; they come alive as you look at them from different angles.
The artist's Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005), is part of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art's permanent collection. The installation piece was recently shown at LACMA. Check out a video on it HERE.