Spotlight Wednesday | Chéri Samba
Chéri Samba is one of those self taught painter through whom urban sign art was given international recognition. Chéri Samba is a billboard painter and a comic artist based in Kinshasa. He is the son of a blacksmith father and his mother a farmer who got his breakthrough from the exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre ( Curator : Jean Hubert Martin) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1989.
His paintings relates with everyday life – political issues, social inequity, AIDS and corruption in his home country capital, Kinshasa. He uses image with text and word bubbles with bright and cheerful colours to tell his stories. Often seen on his work surfaces is French, English, Lingala and a French patois which he uses to narrate his pictures. From the 1980s, Samba began to portray himself more in his works, playing the direct role of reporting his ideas and personal story on what it means to be a successful African artist on the world stage.
Place of Birth: Kinto M’Vuila, Democratic Republic of Congo
Date of Birth: December 30, 1956