We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Bongang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
One thing most important to my creative process on murals is being organic. I love to freestyle, go with the flow. On almost all my commissioned murals so far, a simple conversation with the client was all i needed to paint something unique that spoke to their brand and reinforced mine as well!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A little bit about myself first, I was Born in Cameroon, West Africa and raised in Savannah, Georgia, now living in Brunswick, Georgia. I majored in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where I acquired my B.F.A. and M.F.A. (Illustration) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. I got interested in graffiti in my college years when a few of my colleagues began to make noise around the city of Atlanta, GA. So I sat back, watched and studied. Over the years I was able to hone a signature style awash in bold fun colors, swirling lines and whimsical imagery. The result is organic, functional and cohesive pieces of art inspired by my childhood in Africa and cartoons I use to watch a lot. The animations of the Looney Tunes, Dragon Ball Z, Cow and Chicken and various Anime shows fed my interest to be an artist one day. Learned a lot through the years and still learning everyday to grow and true to my brand. Choosing to work with clients and communities I support and live in. Challenges have been learning lessons and I embrace them. I have learned to seek inspiration from my peers when I get into moments of doubt and always strive to try something new on every mural I get to do. My brand is to add value and happiness into space. Facilitating both businesses and individuals to feel better about their daily life challenges with my art and improving a business’s advantage to compete and attract new customers and clients. Murals have been keeping me pretty busy for the last 4 years or so, along with various digital commissions. I enjoy working digitally almost as much as doing murals, and it feels good to be able to sit down indoors in my studio for weeks and then being able to work outside, especially when the weather is great.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them around the city of Atlanta on a Saturday afternoon. We would start a little out of the city first just in case there was any traffic! ha. We would go check out possibly my biggest mural to date in Chamblee, Ga. It is located at 2971 Flowers Road south, Atlanta, GA 30341 and is titled “ATL Love”. Its huge! like 2 buildings huge. https://www.bongang.com/outdoormurals#/atl-love/ We would snap some flicks then head back into the city for some lunch at the Mellow mushroom in midtown….Gotta eat! From here we would take a brief walk across the street to check out a hidden gem of mine in Atlanta. An underground parking-lot mural titled ” Love Live Life at 1776″ and it is located at 1776 Peachtree St NW Atlanta GA 30309 At this point i will most likely be tired and ready for a nap or to get back in the studio. We love being indoors!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The MVP behind my story is my wife, Britney Bongang. Shoutout to her! She is a creative as well, and great photographer. She has always supported and never let me give up. We both now work as freelancers respectively supporting each other as we aspire to inspire others.
Britney Bongang https://www.beephotographystudio.com/