"And if you, in the West, say that the painting is finished, I will not give in to the facility of video as it is seen everywhere today, even in the Dakar Biennale. I will keep on painting and you will see what you will see ». — Chéri Chérin
Joseph Kinkonda known as Chéri Chérin was born in 1955 in Kinshasa (DRC). Today, he is internationally recognized as one of the leading figures of Popular Painting School of Kinshasa. His artistic pseudonym is an acronym for "Créateur Hors (série) Expressionniste Remarquable Inéganable Unique en son genre" [Unclassifiable Remarkable Expressionist Creator Unequalled and Unique in this field].
Since the early 1970s, Chéri Chérin developed his style of narrative figuration based on the themes of Congolese society. The famous La SAPE movement has a special place in his work. He is also closely related to the Congolese music scene, especially with the superstar Papa Wemba.
Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
Congo Paintings, Vichy (France), Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie, 4th May - 31st October 2019.
Kinshasa, by Chéri Chérin and Moke Fils, Beyrouth (Lebanon), French Institute, 2017.
Essentiel Paysage, Marrakech (Morocco), Al Maaden Art Gallery & Contemporary Art Center, 2016.
Congo Art Works. Peinture populaire, Brussels (Belgium), Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles (BOZAR), 2016.
Beauté Congo - Congo Kitoko : 1926 - 2015, Paris (France), Cartier Fondation for Contemporary Art, 2015.
Painters-Reporters of Urban Spaces in Kinshasa, Dijon (France), Latitude 21, 2015.
Riad Al Maaden, Marrakech (Morocco), Magnin-A, 2011.
JapanCongo, Double look of Carsten Höller on Jean Pigozzi Collection, Grenoble (France), Le Magasin, 2011.
Africa : Una nuova storia, Rome (Italy), Complesso del Vittoriano, 2009-2010.
Against Exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennial, Moscow (Russia), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, 2009.
Why Africa? La collezione Pigozzi, Torino (Italy), Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, 2007-2008.
Popular Painting from Kinshasa, London (UK), Tate Modern, (Room 10), 2007.
100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 2006-2007.