Educated in a shared art studio of South African painters in his early twenties soon after deciding to dedicate his life to art, Cinga Samson has recently established himself an important new voice in contemporary painting. His oil works on canvas manifest the echoes of what he describes as the superstitions and spirituality integral to his upbringing in the town of Ethembeni and its surrounding countryside. Desire, aspiration, and celebration identity drive much of his work as he draws inspiration from fashion, heritage, and the works of Paul Gauguin and Andrew Wyeth among others. Samson’s process incorporates the use of sketches and photo shoots as as he carefully selects which elements within a composition to be replaced with intuited ones in order to achieve a sensual equilibrium of the real, the imagined, and the accentuated. In 2017 Samson won the Tollman Award and in 2018 exhibited at the Armory Show in New York City.