Chéri Samba

portrait à la fondation_b&w

Chéri Samba's

J'aime la couleur


Edition of 150 hand numbered on deck + 25 AP

Set of 5 skateboards
Each deck measures approx. 31x8in (80x20cm)
Made of 7 ply Grade A Canadian Maple wood
Top-print includes printed signature of the artist
One wall mount included per deck

“I myself am an artist from popular culture.
So I think that it’s great that my work is accessible to as many through the medium of skateboards”.
Chéri Samba – 2017

Painted in 2003, “J’aime la Couleur” is part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton collection. In this highly symbolic painting Chéri Samba represents himself with a brush in the mouth unrolling his own portrait as a spiral with the immensity of the blue sky as a background.

Chéri Samba w/ The Skateroom at Fondation Louis Vuitton


“Color is everywhere. I find that the color, it’s the life. It is necessary that our head turns as in aspiral to recognize that all that surrounds us is not other than colors. “J’aime la couleur not to say “J’aime la peinture.  The color is the universe, the universe is life, painting is life. 

Chéri Samba – 2017

SA_ Outreach Sessions Troyeville _Jan 2016 _ ©Nidaa Husain for Skateistan

For his first collaboration w/ The Skateroom, Chéri Samba decided to support the Berlin-based NGO Skateistan and more especially Skateistan teaching activites in South Africa.

“My art addresses everybody, all the social classes. The fact that my collaboration with you is going to help funding the NGO Skateistan in its action in South Africa with children, is consistent with my work”

Chéri Samba – 2017





About Chéri Samba

Born in 1956 in Kinto M’Vuila, DRC
Lives and works in Kinshasa, DRC
In 1972, he settled in Kinshasa, where he earned his living as an advertising signs painter while making comic strips for his magazine Bilenge info.
Few years later, he transposed its Comic strips on canvas, thus inaugurating the bubble painting. It sets out the facts of society, manners, sexuality, illness, social inequalities, corruption etc. He quickly reached a great popularity, all Kinshasa knows him.
In 1980, he introduced himself as a narrator in his painting, for people to know his reflexion but also his face. Always colorful and often glittery as a way to play down these dramatic subjects.

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