Cheri Cherin

Democratic Republic of the Congo, b. 1955

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Cheri Cherin

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, b. 1955

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Joseph Kinkonda (Kinshasa, 16th January 1955), also known as Chéri Cherin, is a Congolese painter. He was trained at the Art School in Kinshasa, where he studied the history of Western art and its greatest artists of the past. In those years, he created several wall paintings and posters, which represent his first artistic expressions, for the streets of his hometown. He graduated in 1978 and started feeling the need to move away from academia, to move closer to his own cultural and social context, to create a new artistic style, able to change, evolve, and to be constantly enriched and renovated. Chéri Cherin was among the promoters of Kinshasa’s Popular Art Movement, and today he is one of its major representatives. The movement resulted from the will to represent a bridge among art, society, and ordinary people; its aim is to raise awareness about extremely important issues such as political history, religion, and contemporary lifestyles, through a clear and immediate style. These paintings deal with poverty, hunger, disease, AIDS, customs, injustice, social inequalities, influence of the media, crime news.

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Joseph Kinkonda (Kinshasa, 16th January 1955), also known as Chéri Cherin, is a Congolese painter. He was trained at the Art School in Kinshasa, where he studied the history of Western art and its greatest artists of the past. In those years, he created several wall paintings and posters, which represent his first artistic expressions, for the streets of his hometown. He graduated in 1978 and started feeling the need to move away from academia, to move closer to his own cultural and social context, to create a new artistic style, able to change, evolve, and to be constantly enriched and renovated. Chéri Cherin was among the promoters of Kinshasa’s Popular Art Movement, and today he is one of its major representatives. The movement resulted from the will to represent a bridge among art, society, and ordinary people; its aim is to raise awareness about extremely important issues such as political history, religion, and contemporary lifestyles, through a clear and immediate style. These paintings deal with poverty, hunger, disease, AIDS, customs, injustice, social inequalities, influence of the media, crime news.

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Centre Pompidou
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