Chéri Samba. J'aime la couleur. 2003
Acrylic and glitters on fabric. 135 x 200 cm
Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection, Paris
© Chéri Samba © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
“‘I like color’ rather than ‘I love painting.’ Color is the universe, the universe is life, painting is life,” writes Chéri Samba in a corner of this highly symbolic painting.
Although rooted in his experiences in the city of Kinshasa, Samba’s work aims for the universal. His work often deals with cultural dialogue between Africa and the West. Here, Chéri Samba, paint brush clenched between his teeth, unfurls his self-portrait in a spiral before the immensity of the sky, proclaiming a message of planet-wide fraternity.