Debo and Doug
Debo and Doug

In 2005 I traveled to Congo, the country where I was born and spent the first 6 months of my life.  Returning to a country where I could not recall a single memory, I didn’t know quite what to expect.  I came away with many memorable experiences; some amazing, some tragic.  (You may eventually see some of those stories posted on the Pax Blog, but this story is about art.)   I spent one day at the Kinshasa Art Market and was stunned by the abundant talent within the art community.  Ever since that day I’ve been hoping I could find a way to connect the best Congolese artists with Americans looking for truly unique pieces of art.  In Spring of 2013 I returned to Congo to meet artists and develop partnerships to bring their works here.  These efforts became Pax Gallery.  However, the goal of Pax Gallery is more than just offering a source for great art; it is also a means of reinvesting in Congo.  With each print purchased from Pax Gallery the artist is paid a royalty, and the community also receives a royalty.  Community royalties are invested in education, community health and economic development.  (You’ll definitely see some stories about that in the near future.)  I hope that you’ll share my appreciation for this art and consider owning a piece for yourself.  Enjoy the art on the walls of your home or work, and know that you have also helped the lives of the artists and their community in Congo.

Doug Dahl