Chéri Samba, ‘J'aime la couleur Hand Signed’, The Skateroom
Chéri Samba, ‘J'aime la couleur Hand Signed’, The Skateroom
Chéri Samba, ‘J'aime la couleur Hand Signed’, The Skateroom

“I myself am an artist from popular culture.
So I think that it’s great that my work is accessible to as many through the medium of skateboards”.
Chéri Samba – 2017
For his first collaboration w/ The Skateroom, Chéri Samba decided to support the Berlin-based NGO Skateistan and more especially Skateistan teaching activites in South Africa.

“My art addresses everybody, all the social classes. The fact that my collaboration with you is going to help funding the NGO Skateistan in its action in South Africa with children, is consistent with my work”
Chéri Samba – 2017
Born in 1956 in Kinto M’Vuila, DRC
Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC
In 1972, he settled in Kinshasa, where he earned his living as an advertising signs painter while making comic strips for his magazine Bilenge info.
Few years later, he transposed its Comic strips on canvas, thus inaugurating the bubble painting. It sets out the facts of society, manners, sexuality, illness, social inequalities, corruption etc. He quickly reached a great popularity, all Kinshasa knows him.
In 1980, he introduced himself as a narrator in his painting, for people to know his reflexion but also his face. Always colorful and often glittery as a way to play down these dramatic subjects.

Series: Set of 5 skateboard decks Each deck: 31in x 8in

Signature: Hand signed

Manufacturer: The Skateroom

Painted in 2003, “J’aime la Couleur” is part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton collection. In this highly symbolic painting Chéri Samba represents himself with a brush in the mouth unrolling his own portrait as a spiral with the immensity of the blue sky as a background.
“Color is everywhere. I find that the color, it’s the life. It is necessary that our head turns as in aspiral to recognize that all that surrounds us is not other than colors. “J’aime la couleur” not to say “J’aime la peinture”. The color is the universe, the universe is life, painting is life.
Chéri Samba – 2017

About Chéri Samba

Chéri Samba was a founding member of the “Popular painting” school along with Pierre Bodo, his paintings exposing everyday life in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city, Kinshasa. His representative, often fantastical paintings incorporate graphic narrative and figures with text and word bubbles that address forefront social and political issues, including AIDS, social inequity, and corruption. Starting in the 1980s, Samba began to portray himself frequently and literally in his works, taking on a direct role as the reporter of his ideas and personal story. “I appeal to people’s consciences,” he says. “Artists must make people think.”

Congolese, b. 1956, based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo