Jean-Philippe Kalonji was born in Switzerland Geneva in 1973 his originally from D.R.C . After travelling and living in New York, London and Japan, he returned to Geneva-Carouge, where he currently resides. Painter, illustrator and comic book author, he began his career in 1992 and was finally called upon to collaborate with several renowned institutions like Pro Helvetia and the UNESCO.
JP was invited by ICAN the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for a live painting to commemorate the anniversary of the bomb on Hiroshima during the summer 2015. Illustrator for the newspaper Le Temps, artistic director at Civitas Maxima, an NGO that defends victims of war crimes. He illustrates the annual report of the last two years then collaborates on a comic series published on the web and goes to Liberia for a workshop, which will lead to an exhibition at the FIFDH during spring 2019.
In addition to his artistic work, Jean-Philippe Kalonji regularly supports a range of different causes. In 2019, as part of a partnership between Caran d’Ache and the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), he has pledged his support by drawing the promotional material for an 849 ballpoint pen, the profits from which will be donated to the ICRC.The Swiss artist has become the new Ambassador for the stunning RGB range – an innovative combination of graphite and colour.
Photo: Guillaume Megevand ©