Born in 1962 in Kinto-MVuila, 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 brothers 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.
Ledys 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
MAMCO Musée dart moderne et contemporain
Geneva - Switzerland
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Beauté Congo 1926-2015 Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
Feb 6 - Apr 24 2011
Magasin Grenoble, France
29 Jan 8 May
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Houston - USA
Sexuality & Death. Aids in Contemporary African Art
Rautenstraucht Joest Museum
Köln - Germany
Un art populaire
Fondation Cartier pour lart contemporain
Centre dart de Tanlay
Yonne - France
Bomoi Mobimba Toute la Vie
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Charleroi - Belgium
Galerie Lucien Bilinelli
La Grande Vérité, les Astres Africains
Musée des Beaux Arts
Nantes - France
Out of Africa
London Great Britain
Ny afrikansk Billedkunst
Copenhagen - Denmark
WAAAAW, A far African Art
Centro de Arte Moderno,
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espagne
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo,
Mexico City, Mexique
Beauté Congo 1926-2015 Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Exhibition catalogue
Post Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Exhibition catalogue, Museu Picasso, pg 75.
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Merrell in association with the MFAH.
« Un art populaire » Cheik Ledy
Exhibition catalogue by André Magnin. Fondation Cartier pour lArt Contemporain, ACTE SUD. Texte en français.
Bomoi Mobimba, Toute la vie
Exhibition Catalogue. 7 artistes Zaïrois. Palais des Beaux Arts. Ville de Charleroi, France.
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.
Kunstforum Africa Iwalewa International (122)
Afrikanische Kunst heute book
Text by A.Magnin p.165 Cheik Ledy-Cheri Samba p.306 p.308.
La Grande Vérité, Les Astres Africains
Exhibition catalogue. André Magnin. Edition Musée des Beaux-Art de Nantes. Texte en français.
Kunstforum N°122, Ruppichteroth, Suisse
100 % MAKE UP
Projet Mendini. Produit par Alessi.
Exhibition catalogue. Text by André Magnin.Ediciones El Viso.