7th Jun, 2023 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 17
Lot 17 - Cinga Samson  (South Africa 1986-)


Cinga Samson (South Africa 1986-)

acrylic, pastel and charcoal on Fabriano paper

Artwork date: 2010
Exhibited: 38 Special Art Cafe and Studio, Cape Town, 'Cinga Samson: 700 Wives and 300 Concubines, solo exhibition', 29 October to 23 November 2010.

Sold for R240,188
Estimated at R200,000 - R300,000


acrylic, pastel and charcoal on Fabriano paper

Artwork date: 2010
Exhibited: 38 Special Art Cafe and Studio, Cape Town, 'Cinga Samson: 700 Wives and 300 Concubines, solo exhibition', 29 October to 23 November 2010.


70 x 50 cm; framed size: 83 x 53 x 3 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.

38 Special Art Cafe and Studio, Cape Town.


This early expressive mixed-media work is strikingly immediate in its material application, an early indication of Cinga Samson’s masterly command of his medium and conceptual complexity that characterises his current, highly controlled and hauntingly beautiful, polished paintings.

Here, Samson obscures both his subject and his painterly skill – “in a beautiful frustration of seeing”. His gestural marks are so laboured, that it seems to be concealing. “To not see is the subject matter here”. One is left wondering – in anticipation – what the hunched figures are hiding.


Cinga Samson currently enjoys much international acclaim following his solo exhibition Amadoda Akafani, Afana ngeentshebe zodwa (Men are different though they look alike) with Perrotin in New York and signing with White Cube Gallery in 2021. He also presented a new body of work in Iyabanda Intsimbi / The metal is cold at the prestigious FLAG Art Foundation in New York in 2021. Notable group exhibitions include: Return the Gaze at H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute (2023); Indigo Waves & Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town (2022); Deep Blue, Hall Art Foundation, Vermont (2021) and Mapping Black Identities at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019).

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Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art, 7th Jun, 2023


Aspire Art will impress collectors with this focused, boutique-style auction in Johannesburg. A feature of the carefully compiled collection is a strong focus on contemporary African artists. Collectors of contemporary works from Africa will be spoilt for choice with works by Thierry Oussou (Benin), Richard Mudariki (Zimbabwe) and Banele Khoza (Swaziland). Local contemporary favourites include Nandipha  Mntambo, Cinga Samson and Gerhard Marx amongst others. Contemporary photographers are also well represented with works by Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe) and South African international superstar, Zanele Muholi, while important historical images are included with works of Winnie Mandela by Alf Kumalo and a portfolio of twelve works – chronicling the hardships of apartheid – from Ernest Cole’s seminal House of Bondage (1967).

A highlight of the sale is South African modernist Alexis Preller’s, Adam (1972) – a recently discovered, never before seen, work forming part of Preller’s series of Adamic-themed works from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Other significant modern pieces include a unique terrazzo sculpture by Edoardo Villa, still lifes by Maggie Laubser and works by Cecil Skotnes, Walter Battiss and J.H Pierneef. 

The sale concludes with a special section of  William Kentridge editioned prints led by the impressive Blue Head (1993 – 1998).



Viewing will be open from  Friday 2 to Wednesday 7 June 8:30 to 16:30 and Saturday 3 June from 10:00 to 14:00.

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