Antognoni Brunhoso


I was born in Angola, in the city of Malange on the 7th January 1962, one year after the start of the Angolan revolution and the struggle for independence. I lived in Lunda, the Tchokwe region, in the village Camaxilo. In 1975 I celebrated the independence of Angola in Malange and also experienced the beginning of the civil war. At the end of the year I moved to Luanda and saw the ocean for the first time. I stayed in the capital until 1978. In March 1978 I went to Portugal where I studied and lived for a decade. My journeys brought me to Amsterdam to further develop my art.

By way of exercise and for joy I keep a scrapbook and paint envelopes. Many elements in my paintings found a first start in these sketches. The fishes, the birds, the houses , faces and scenes are lightly and swiftly put on paper and return in my larger work. This same lightness I put in a series of portraits which voice a Portuguese atmosphere expressed by the fado music and the smoky grand cafe’s in Lisbon.

As an Angolan painter living in Holland, I am trying to mix my memories from the past with experiences of everyday-life in Amsterdam and other places, in order to continue creating artworks and by doing so try to enrich the life of other people.

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