Robert Saidi (Congolese, born 1936)
Of African Beauty, 1995
Signed ‘R. Saidi 95’ (lower left)
Acrylic on plywood
50.2 x 30.1
US$ 5,000 – 7,000
Provenance: private collection
Bought in

Robert Saidi was born in Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1963 he graduated from the University of Kinshasa where he had studied French History, African Culture and Linguistics. Moving to Kampala, he developed his practice as a painter alongside working as a lecturer in Lingala studies at Makerere University. In 1977 he became a full-time artist and since then has exhibited in Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, the USA and the UK, as well as frequently in Kampala.

Saidi’s works have continued to increase in value over the past four years; they are always popular at auction and are becoming ever harder to find.