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Cheik Ledy

Born in 1962 in Kinto-M’Vuila, Republic of the Congo.
Died in 1997 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Cheik Ledy was trained in art by his elder brother Chéri Samba. Unlike the young popular artists of his generation, who were self-made and for many years lived a precarious existence, Cheik Ledy benefited greatly from the beginning of his career from his brother’s experience and his access to fine art materials. Like Samba, Ledy builds his compositions with care, interspersing bilingual text (French and Lingala) and image with sophisticated ease.

Ledy’s narratives are imbued with spontaneity, matched by the frankness with which he tackles his frequently controversial themes. He depicted everyday incidents, street-topics (‘sidewalk radio” as the grapevine is called), urban myths, harsh realities. Committed to the art of communication, Ledy expressed the political history and social life of his community; he also documented with rare wit his own status as a painter. But his work is not merely an illustrated chronicle or a diary of his emotional life. He casts a critical eye on his surroundings, with a caustic humor that makes his characters almost seem like caricatures. He treated without complacency not only the biting questions of his day, but also those of world history, challenging his viewers to do the same.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1996
29/09 – 22/12
Cheik Ledy
MAMCO – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain
Geneva - Switzerland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2011
Feb 6 - Apr 24 2011
JapanCongo
Magasin Grenoble, France

2005
29 Jan – 8 May
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston - USA

2003 – 2004
19/10 – 25/01
Sexuality & Death. Aids in Contemporary African Art
Rautenstraucht Joest Museum
Köln - Germany

2001
Un art populaire
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Paris – France

1997
Lumière Noire
Centre d’art de Tanlay
Yonne - France

1996
Bomoi Mobimba – Toute la Vie
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Charleroi - Belgium

1993
Bonne Année
Galerie Lucien Bilinelli
Brussels – Belgium

1993
La Grande Vérité, les Astres Africains
Musée des Beaux Arts
Nantes - France

1992
Out of Africa
Saatchi Gallery
London – Great Britain

1991
Ny afrikansk Billedkunst
Rundetårn
Copenhagen - Denmark

1990
WAAAAW, A far African Art
Courtrai, Belgique

1991/92
Africa Hoy
Africa Now
Centro de Arte Moderno,
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espagne

Groninger Museum,
Gröningen, Pays-Bas

Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo,
Mexico City, Mexique

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Beauté Congo 1926-2015 Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Exhibition catalogue

2014
Post Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Exhibition catalogue, Museu Picasso, pg 75.

2005
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Merrell in association with the MFAH.

2001
« Un art populaire » Cheik Ledy
Exhibition catalogue by André Magnin. Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, ACTE SUD. Texte en français.

1996
Bomoi Mobimba, Toute la vie
Exhibition Catalogue. 7 artistes Zaïrois. Palais des Beaux Arts. Ville de Charleroi, France.

1996
Contemporary Art of Africa
P. 162-163. Text by J. Soulillou. Edited by André Magnin & Jacques Soulillou.
Published by Harry N. Abraams, New York and Thames & Hudson, London.

1993
Kunstforum Africa Iwalewa International (122)
Afrikanische Kunst heute book
Text by A.Magnin p.165 – Cheik Ledy-Cheri Samba p.306 – p.308.

1993
La Grande Vérité, Les Astres Africains
Exhibition catalogue. André Magnin. Edition Musée des Beaux-Art de Nantes. Texte en français.

1993
Afrika
Kunstforum N°122, Ruppichteroth, Suisse

1992
100 % MAKE UP
Projet Mendini. Produit par Alessi.

1991
Africa Hoy
Exhibition catalogue. Text by André Magnin.Ediciones El Viso.

Biography (EN - FR) / Exhibitions

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