Nelo Teixeira mainly produces painting and installations with the use of fabric, paper, wood, and found objects, the waste products of contemporary society consumer culture. The reusing of materials contains a direct reference to the culture and tradition of his own country, but also to new cultural rhythms; and dissonant social voices. In Luanda, the incorporation of found objects in uncertain places can often be seen. Scrap, beaches, or streets are understood in this context as environments and means of research and simultaneously as a source of raw material, where artists feed and develop a conceptual frame. Using the urban landscape as a background, Teixeira assumes a critical voice that explores the concept of boundaries (physical and psychological) between Chicala (urban ghetto) and the city under construction, questioning its own development.
Teixeira studied painting and sculpture workshops at UNAP (National Union of Plastic Artists), graduating in carpentry and set design. He represented the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and has exhibited in Angola, Lisbon and Milan.