Chéri Samba (Dem. Republic of the Congo, born 1956)
'Kalasi Ki Nduenga' signed and dated 'Cheri Samba / N. 2005' (lower right) oil and glitter on canvas 81.5 x 100.5cm (32 1/16 x 39 9/16in).
"I want to change our mentality that keeps us isolated from the world. I appeal to people's consciences. Artists must make people think". Using big formats and lively colours, Chéri Samba creates narrative compositions that are at the same time unique and universal.
Kalasi Ki Nduenga is a beautiful example of Samba's talent in using a satirical tone to engage the public and raise awareness.
In 1972, at the age of 16, Chéri Samba left school in order to apprentice himself to the sign painters on Kasa Vubu Avenue in Kinshasa. Samba founded the School of Popular Painting where he was quickly joined by Moke, Chéri Chérin, and Bodo. He embraced two genres: billboard painting and comic art. His work is an expression of the social, political, economic and cultural realities of Congo and of the world as he sees them.
He soon became one of Kinshasa's most sought after artists, and is now an established artist of the contemporary art world, whose works have entered the greatest collection such as Francois Pinault's and Jean Pigozzi's. Recent exhibitions include 'J'aime Chéri Samba' at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, and the acclaimed 'Africa Remix'.