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