Chéri Samba plays the leading man in many of his own works, but these self portraits aren't autobiographical. Chéri Samba positions himself as a narrator—engaging his audience directly to share his perspective. In this case, he’s sharing his love of color: “When I talk about color, I tell people ... that there’s no meaning to it. The colors in my paintings are sentimental colors.”
Reed Enger, "I love color," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 05, 2019; last modified June 05, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/cheri-samba/i-love-the-color/.