CRISTIANO MANGOVO

CRISTIANO MANGOVO BRÁS WAS BORN IN 1982 IN ANGOLA AND NOW LIVES IN LISBON.

As a child he immigrated to Democratic Republic of Congo, living there as a refugee, finding his vocation and graduating from Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa. His first individual exhibition was held in 2013 at the Art and Culture Foundation in Luanda. In 2014, he won the Mirella Antognoli Argela award from the Italian Embassy and the Ensa-Art prize from AllianceFrançaise in Luanda which led him to participate to an artist-in-residence program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He exhibited at the Angolan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Since, he tookpart in numerous group and solo shows internationally (Portugal, France, Italy, South Africa, DRC, USA,...).

Cristiano Mangovo’s work is a fountain of social and political commentary. The imagery overwhelms with information and stimulation – colour, figuration, distortion, multiple messages conveyed at the same pitch.A cacophony from which images jump out to bite you at intervals, only to be overtaken by other images.

His paintings hold up a mirror to today’s society and its individuals, oversaturated with information, stimulation, distraction and the relentless pace of the 24-hour news cycle.

But if one pauses to focus, each work also presents human tragedy. Mangovo’s sensitivity to the idea of distorted realities and cost of war and displacement takes root in his personal history. As a child during the Angolan civil war, his father sent him away to safety to DRC, where he lived as a refugee for many years, finding his vocation as an artist and graduating from Académie des Beaux- Art in Kinshasa.His international career has given him the opportunity to assess the truthfulness of the many myths about Europe, which populated the colonial narratives and contemporary media. In these narratives, Europe is always a gleaming ideal of superiority, wealth and progress compared to Africa. When travelling there, he could observed poverty and racism and realised myths are just that. These findings led him to develop alternative narratives where he mixes humour, hope and aspiration with the shadow of human suffering.

He paints with flair ; his brush strokes, figurations and use of colour reveal his personal experience but also the study of those who came before him. By paying homage to both the European masters, as well as those who taught him – in Kinshasa, he shapes his own distinctive trait that distinguishes his style. One of the most interesting and exciting things about Mangovo’s work today is the fact that they are infused with anticipation of change, a dynamic pace and instability which makes any future possible.

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SOLO SHOWS (Selection) 
2022
The System, , Insofar Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2021
Humano e a Natureza, AFIKARIS Gallery, Paris, France

2019
Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon

2018
On the Streets of Lisbon, Ainori Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2017
Riches of Africa, the Portuguese Cultural Center, Camões Institute, Luanda-Angola
100 Protection, First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe

2016
What direction?, the Cultural Center Brazil-Angola, Luanda, Angola
Air P, Infecting the City Sessions ITC, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
Guiadores, Dr. Antônio Agostinho Neto Memorial, Luanda, Angola
Open Studio No. 2016, the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Seed of Memory, Pavilion of Angola for the Universal Exhibition, Milan, Italy

2013
CALUNIAR,  Fundação Arte e Cultura LR, Tamargolan Gallery, Luanda, Angola


GROUP SHOWS 
2022
Reflect #2 – Fragments, Fragilities, Memories: Contemporary Art from Angola, The Museum of African art, Belgrade, Serbia
Biennale de Kinshasa, RD Congo
ARCOlisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
1-54 New York, USA
Investec Cape Town, South Africa

2021
Art Paris, France
AKAA art fair, Paris, France

2019
Surroundings, Ainori Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2018
Art Contemporain Africain, Paris, France
Artissima 2018, Turin, Italy
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Being City, Bank Econômico, Luanda, Angola
Ensa Art Award 2018, Museum of Currency, Luanda, Angola
Ainori Contemporary art Gallery Lisbon, Portugal
Untitled 01, Bank Econômico, Luanda, Angola

2017
Kaluandando, Soap Factory, Luanda, Angola
Luuanda, Hangar (Centre for Artistic Research), Lisbon, Portugal
Representation of the human figure in art in Angola, Banco Económico, Luanda, Angola

2016
Ensa-Arte 2016 Award, Cultural Center Brazil & Angola, Luanda, Angola

2015
Arte comfusão ,Cultural Center, Camões, Luanda, Angola

2014
13th Exhibition of Fine Arts
, Pierrefitte Cultural Center, Paris, France
7th International Biennial of Douro, Alijó, Portugal
«Ensa Art Award 2014» Cultural Center, Camões, Luanda, Angola
Painting Exhibition of Angolan Art to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Peace, National Reconciliation, New York, USA

2013
JAANGO, National Museum of Natural History of Luanda, Luanda, Angola
ARQUIVO MORTO, BAI ARTE 2013, Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola

2009
Tapage-24, Performance at Academia Belas, Kinshasa, DR Congo

2008
World Day against AIDS, Collective at the Craft Fair with the United Nations Staff Association Kinshasa, DR Congo 

2006
Collective exhibition at the International Symposium on Sexual Violence (Action Against Violence Project), Palace, EGMONT, Brussels
EXIBITIONS AWARDS

2018
Light of Day 2018 Art Competition, 5th place in painting at the International Plastic Arts Prize, New York, United States
Ensa Art Award 2018: Prize in the category of Grand Prize of Painting, Museum of the Currency, Luanda, Angola

2014
Ensa Art Award /2014: Ensa Art Alliance Francaise Award and Honorable Mention in Painting. Honorable Mention in Sculpture, Portuguese Camões Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola 
"Mirella Antognoli Argelá" Award for Painting and Sculpture Angolan Artists, organized by the Italian Embassy in Angola ONLUS, First Prize and Public Award, Galeria Celamar, Luanda, Angola

2007
Consecrated «5th Prize of the Francophonie Contest». Society Francophonie / Kinshasa, DR Congo

2006
Awarded the "3rd National and Regional Contest Award" on "Promise of Equality" by the United Nations Population Fund, Kinshasa, DR Congo

2005
Awarded the "Special Award" of the United Nations Population Fund Contest on "Promise of equality, violence and sexual inequality for women". Kinshasa, DR Congo
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