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 an important new voice in contemporary painting. His oil works on canvas manifest the 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 identity drive much of his work as 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 as as he carefully selects which elements within a composition to be replaced with intuited ones in order to achieve a sensual equilibrium of the real, the imagined, and the accentuated. In 2017 Samson won the Tollman Award and in 2018 exhibited at the Armory Show in New York City.

solo shows

Upcoming
2019
Solo show, 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

2018 
Umthamo, Maitland Institute, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 
17, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 
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