Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Karola Grässlin.
As a self-taught sign painter in Congo, Chªri Samba built his own thriving business, then left it behind to enter the stranger enterprise of fine art. His work remains rooted in his first profession's stylized mix of realism and typography. Among the choice bits of dialogue that appear here are, "Personally, I have a very long nose," and "Aha, so you're Chªri Samba." He is, unmistakably.
PUBLISHER Walther König, Köln
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.5 x 10.5 in. / 87 pgs / 45 color / 45 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2006 p. 144
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783883759777SDNR30 List Price: $27.00 CDN $30.00
Published by Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris. Text by Robert Storr. Interview with Chéri Samba.
The catalog of the exhibition J’aime Chéri Samba compiles all the works shown at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2004 and presents the artist’s personal archives. Born in 1956, Chéri Samba launched his artistic career in Kinshasa at the age of 16, initially working for artist-craftsman-decorators. He soon set up his own studio, joining the likes of Bodo, Mas, Chéri Cherin and Moke. The addition of text to his works established the Samba style: paintings in vibrant colors, sometimes enhanced with sequins, and accompanied by a “message” signed by the artist. Addressing people and politicians alike, Chéri Samba denounces and critiques the world.