An Artist Who Doesn’t Want to Feed Western Fantasies About Africa

Cinga Samson in his studio in Cape Town. Photo by Stephanie Veldman.

Cinga Samson wants to create artwork on his own terms, without expectations of what he, as a South African artist, should be illustrating. His profile for T Magazine, written by Meara Sharma, emphasizes Samson's dedication to technique, and his commitment to wow-ing audiences with evocative scenes and subjects. Sharma also notes that while Samson is wary of the burden of representation often shouldered by Black artists, he is committed to pushing boundaries of identity, especially as they pertain to spirituality, nature, and gender.

“I want to push into the future, not be marginalized under the politics of this moment.” - Cinga Samson