A few months ago I moved from Maputo to Geneva, ideally located in a beautiful environment. It is relatively close to The Hague, so that I can also be there regularly. My work has been quiet for a while, but I will now start painting again. It is only a 15 minute walk from my apartment in Carouge that I look at the Salève, a kind of table mountain that has the nickname the Balcony of Geneva. Indeed, from the top you have a nice view of the city and the lake.
I start with sketching on the iPad in black and white. I am helped by the winter conditions. The mountain wall is powdered with snow, there are many contrasts and surprising forms.
Tomorrow May 31 the exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’ by Carlos Simões Ferreira and me in Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo opens until 29 June. Together in his open-air studio a few kilometers outside of Maputo we worked on four paintings as two souls from a different world. These works are on show at the exhibitions. Furthermore, the exhibition consists of new work that we have made individually.
I spent a lot of time in the Simões studio. Many people came along. I experienced the African way of life and I became part of the family. After 20 years in Africa, I have discovered that art is mainly about dreams and fantasy, the discovery of the inner world, and not, as in my own tradition, which is based on perception. It is a privilege that Simões helped me to understand this African perspective better.
Migração dos pastores, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
Lobolo na aldeia, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm
Celebração, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm
Época da abundância, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm
Kikuyu grass, the most common grass species in African gardens, grows in our garden.
Yesterday I had a successful opening in galeria Fundação Fernando Leito Couto of my solo exhibition. Many people came, Dutch Ambassador made a nice speech, got an interview for the national television and I sold some large paintings.