Born in 1986 in Cape Town, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Cinga SAMSON

Educated in a shared art studio of South African painters in his early twenties, soon after deciding to dedicate his life to art, Cinga Samson has recently established himself as an important new voice in contemporary painting. His oil works on canvas manifest echoes of what he describes as the superstitions and spirituality integral to his upbringing in the town of Ethembeni and its surrounding countryside. Desire, aspiration, and celebration of identity drive much of his work, for which he draws inspiration from fashion, heritage, and the works of Paul Gauguin and Andrew Wyeth, among others. Samson’s process incorporates the use of sketches and photo shoots; he carefully selects elements within a composition to be replaced with others in order to achieve a sensual equilibrium between the real, the imagined, and the accentuated. The recipient of the 2017 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, he exhibited at the Armory Show, New York, in 2018.

solo shows

2019
NaluLwandle, NaliKhaya, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 
Safari Fantasy, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2016 
Ubugqoboka Magqoboka, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 
Thirty Pieces of Silver, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2011 
Rusting Iron, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
 
 

group shows

2019 
Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Øvre Eiker
Mapping Black Identities, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis

2018 
Umthamo, Maitland Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
Open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town
Hacer Noche, Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca de Juarez
blank, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

2017 
17, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2016 
Figure, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 
Furniture, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2013 
In the night I remember, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2012 
Our Fathers, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2011 
STRATA, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
 
 

awards

2017
Tollman Award

Residencies + workshops

2015
Popty Bach, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Wales, United Kingdom

2006
Isibane Creative Arts, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa