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Maputo small size cultivated areas (1989) ("Machambas") - Estevão Mucavele (1941)

(Private Collection)

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

In 1957, Estevao Mucavele, son of peasants, together with other mozambicans, leave for the mines in South Africa in search of a better life. He was 16 years old and had the 3rd grade completed in a Catholic mission.

 

A year later, in 1958, Estevão Mucavele left the mines and managed to get a job as a cleaner in a Johannesburg art gallery. In 1966 he went to Cape Town and worked there as a janitor, a job which left him with a lot of free time. Mucavele then decided to make use of this time and started to paint. Two years later he held his first one-man exhibition in Cape Town.Estevao Mucavele at his studio

 

In 1971 Mucavele takes part in a group show. Following the good reception of this exhibition, he decides to dedicate himself exclusively to painting.

 

 

In 1976, a year after Mozambique's independence, Estevão Mucavele, returns to his home country. He collaborated with other painters on the mural in Heroes Square and participated in the travelling group show that went on to Angola, RDA and URSS.

 

Mucavel 's painting depicts usually landscapes: those he saw in South Africa, the mines, the sea and often his "imaginary landscapes".

 

In the words of Malangatana, Mucavele 's art is "uncompromised".

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

SOLO

 

2010 - "ESTEVÃO MUCAVELE" - Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique

 

2000 - Hotel Polana, Maputo, Mozambique

 

 

1999 - "31º Aniversário da Pintura de Estevão Mucavele" - Hotel Polana, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1997 - Hotel Polana, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1995 - Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1993 - Centro de Estudos Brasileiros, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1991 - Porto, Portugal

 

1990 - Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1989 - Galeria Príncipe Real, Lisbon, Portugal

 

1984 - Núcleo de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique

 

1971 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

1970 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

1969 - Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

 

GROUP

 

2015 - "All the world's futures" - 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

2011 - "South is the new North" - Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

 

2003 - "Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos" - Museo Extremeno y Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain

 

2002 - "Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos" - Culturgest Lisbon, Portugal

 

Estevao Mucavele exhibition list - "Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos" - Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

 

2001 - "Bienal TDM", Maputo, Mozambique

 

2000 - "Reconstrução" - Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique

 

 

1998 - "Festival de Arte de Reykjavik" Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Estevao Mucavele exhibition list - "EXPO 98 Pavilhão de Moçambique" - Lisbon, Portugal

 

Estevao Mucavele exhibition list - " Artes Plásticas de Moçambique" - Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

1992 - "EXPO 92", Sevilha, Spain

 

1990 - Rome, Italy

 

 

1983 - Casa Amarela, Maputo, Mozambique

 

Estevao Mucavele exhibition list - Núcleo de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique

 

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