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.
While moving from Maputo to Geneva these months, I participate in the anniversary exhibition of AGA LAB, the former Amsterdam Graphic Studio, where I printed many lithographs from 1983 to 1990. Now my iPad sketches are printed there in the highest quality and exactly as I want it. Nearly 100 artists participate. I show a print of one of the iPad sketches from my paradise, from the African Kikuyu grass. Tonight is the opening.
Exhibition AGA LAB 60 years.
14 September – 12 October 2018
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