Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Turiya Magadlela

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Cinga Samson

The oil paintings of self-taught artist Cinga Samson address themes of youth, blackness, masculinity and spirituality against the backdrop of post-colonial South Africa. Figurative self-portraits, the works depict the artist posed in front of landscapes that are surreal composites of his own fantasies and the topography of South Africa. The formal composition of the paintings lend them a traditional, almost anachronistic feeling that is interrupted by the artist’s contemporary clothes, intricately patterned fabrics often bearing the insignia of fake fashion brands commonly found at local street markets. The artist’s focus on beauty is also manifested in the plants, flowers and accessories that his subjects hold or are surrounded by. Samson’s works speak to his pride as a young African man, while at the same time a looming darkness permeates the paintings, suggestive of something more ominous.

To date, Samson has held three solo exhibitions at blank projects: Safari Fantasy (2017), Ubugqoboka Magqoboka (2016) and Thirty Pieces of Silver (2015). He has participated in several group shows, including A Painting Today (Stevenson, Cape Town); In the night I remember curated by Kabelo Malatsie (Stevenson, Johannesburg); Our Fathers curated by Kirsty Cockerill and Chantal Louw (AVA Gallery, Cape Town) and Strata at Greatmore Studios, where he completed a residency in 2011. In 2017, Samson won the prestigious Tollman Award, and in 2018 he was invited to exhibit alongside Nicholas Hlobo at the Maitland Institute, in an exhibition titled Umthamo.


curriculum vitae

1986 Born in Cape Town, South Africa

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa



2009 Commercial Photography, Stellenbosch Academy

2008 Course in Graphic Design at Learn to Earn in partnership with Stellenbosch University


solo and two-person exhibitions

2018 Umthamo, Maitland Institute, Cape Town (with Nicholas Hlobo)

2017 Safari Fantasy, blank projects, Cape Town

2016 Ubugqoboka Magqoboka, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Thirty Pieces of Silver, blank projects, Cape Town

2011 Rusting Iron, AVA Gallery, Cape Town


selected group exhibitions

2018 open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town

2018 Hacer Noche, Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico

2018 blankGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

2017 17, blank projects, Cape Town

2017 A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town

2016 Figure, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Furniture, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 In the night I remember, Stevenson, Cape Town

2012 Our Fathers, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2011 STRATA, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town


residencies + workshops

2015 Popty Bach, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Wales

2006 Isibane Creative Arts, Khayelitsha, Cape Town



2017 Tollman Award