Chéri Samba, ‘Le Nid dans le nid’, 1996, CAAC The Pigozzi Collection

Courtesy CAAC - The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva © Chéri Samba

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

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Magnin-A at 1:54 London 2017
2017
Magnin-A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2017
2016
Magnin-A at UNTITLED, Miami Beach 2016
2016
Magnin-A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2016
2015
Magnin-A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2015
2015
Magnin A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2015
2014
Magnin A at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014