London

Cristiano Mangovo
Born 1982 in Cabinda, Angola
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal
Cristiano Mangovo’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances are inspired by daily urban life and often appeal to the need to protect weaker people from the stronger, calling for more balanced societies with improved human conditions for all. Over the years, Mangovo has developed various artistic styles and symbolism, but always with a distinct surrealist twist. Recently, his work is dominated by an expressionistic style: multiple faces, mouths, and eyes reveal their personalities, movement, and ideas, which are projected as shadows in the back. His deformed characters show at one hand their needs and defects. On the other hand, their double mouths symbolise their freedom to speak up, and their open eyes symbolise their openness and alertness to see. The ability to guide themselves by their own ideas provides positive hope that they can overcome their challenges.
Cristiano Mangovo, Blue Frame, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 135 cm. Courtesy of THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE.

Artists 2022