Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 234 500
Lot 10
  • Cinga Samson; The Idea to Fool and Rule
  • Cinga Samson; The Idea to Fool and Rule
  • Cinga Samson; The Idea to Fool and Rule

Lot Estimate
ZAR 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 234 500

About this Item

South African 1986-
The Idea to Fool and Rule

signed and dated '09'

acrylic on Fabriano paper
70 by 50cm excluding frame; 84 by 63,5 by 3,5cm including frame


Cinga Samson, born in 1986, is a South African artist from Cape Town who primarily works in oil paint. The rendering of his anonymous subjects – in muted tones with white, pupil-less eyes and shaven heads – is a marriage of the contemporary with the long tradition of figurative painting. His works reference his own identity and the complexity of the South African experience through symbolic, spiritual, and socio-cultural contexts. In 2006, Samson, a self-taught artist, began to paint after he joined Isibane Creative Arts – an artist collective in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. He is now represented by White Cube.

Samson received the Tollman award for Visual Arts in 2017. He has exhibited in group and solo shows locally and globally – including Cape Town; Berlin, Germany; Cologne, Germany; New York City, NY, USA; Minneapolis, MN, USA; and Oaxaca, Mexico. He currently lives and works in Cape Town.


38 Special Gallery, Cape Town, 2010.

Private Collection.


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

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