Joseph Kinkonda, called Cheri Cherin, was born on Febr. 16th, 1955 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic Congo, formerly called Zaire). He studied at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Kinshasa under the Austrian ceramics-artist Peter Weihs. During this time Cheri Cherin started to paint posters in his residential-quarter Ndjili.
Cherin created murals on the walls of bars, barbershops and small boutiques. Impressive pictures of daily life but also with very serious contents.
Today Cherin is one of the best known painters in Kinshasa and a teacher to many young talented artists.