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Chéri Samba

Je suis les poumons et le coeur du monde, 2019

Acrylic and glitter on canvas
53 1/10 × 78 7/10 in
135 × 200 cm
This is a unique work.
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About the work
Chéri Samba
Congolese, b. 1956
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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.”

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About the work
Chéri Samba
Congolese, b. 1956
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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.”

Chéri Samba

Je suis les poumons et le coeur du monde, 2019

Acrylic and glitter on canvas
53 1/10 × 78 7/10 in
135 × 200 cm
This is a unique work.
Sold
location
Paris
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