Cristiano Mangovo

About the Artist

Born in Cabinda, Angola, in 1982, Cristiano’s childhood was marked by the Angolan civil war, a fact that deepened a lens on the fragility of the human condition, particularly given his refugee status. Cristiano’s first artistic influences came from his mother, who enrolled him in art school, where he explored techniques, styles, and materials from early on. Later, through his artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa (DR Congo), he traversed styles such as impressionism and surrealism. Moving beyond the simple representation of the human figure, Cristiano sought to surpass the canons imposed by the academy, drawing inspiration from artists such as Goddy Leye, François Duconseille, Basquiat, António Ana Etona, and Lázaro Patrício Mawete. His work, already exhibited in countries like Angola, Senegal, France, South Africa, Italy, and Portugal, permanently transits between painting, sculpture, and performance, which is a distinctive mark of his technical and disruptive polyvalence. Cristiano addresses themes such as ecology, gender, human rights, and everyday life, delving into consumerism and the social relationships he grasps from the urban landscape. Defying narrow frameworks such as activist art, Cristiano Mangovo’s expansive artistic production moves to interpret the complexities of our contemporary world, through work which is conceptually critical, experimentally extreme, and poetically instinctive.



2022 This is Not a White Cube, ARCOlisboa 2022, Portugal

2022 The System, Insofar, Lisbon, Portugal

2020 The Protagonists, Temporary Exhibition Gallery of the Angola Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2019 Mines and Ruins, Documentation Center, Central Building of Lisbon City Hall, Portugal

2015 Seeds of Memory, Angola Pavilion, Expo Milan, Italy

2014 Guiadores, Dr. Agostinho Neto Memorial, Angola

2014 Art Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, France

2013 Solo Exhibition, Art and Culture Foundation, Angola

2013 Solo Exhibition, BAI Art, Angola


2022  14th edition of the Dak'Art Biennial, Senegal

2021 Africa Today, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Christie’s, France

2020 Lusophone Painting, Ho Yin Gallery, Macau Military Club, Macau

2018 Ensa Art Award, Moeda Museum, Luanda, Angola

2018 Artes Mirabilis, Collective of Angolan Plastic Artists, Embassy of Angola in Portugal - UCCLA - Union of Portuguese Speaking Capital Cities, Portugal

2017 Luuanda, Center for Artistic Research, Portugal

2016 Infecting the City Festival, South Africa

2014 Reconciliation, National Park, New York, United States


AFRICANA Art Foundation, Switzerland

Centro Cultural Brasil, Angola

Dâr-al-Makhzen, Morocco

Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Switzerland

Fundo das Nações Unidas para a População, Congo

Lycée Français A.E.F.L., Angola

Museu da Presidência da República Portuguesa, Portugal



2022 Interview with Cristiano Mangovo by Liz Vahia, Arte Capital

2022 What is the System?, interview with Cristiano Mangovo, Alícia Gaspar, Buala

2021 Cristiano Mangovo - Art in an ecological crisis, Maeve Gorman, Metal Magazine

2022 Cristiano Mangovo, Liz Vahia, Arte Capital

2019 Mangovo paintings break records at London Sotheby's Auction

2019 Cristiano Mangovo, the new name of contemporary art in Angola, Conexão Lusófona

2018 Cristiano Mangovo Brás wins in the painting category at the Ensa Art Prize, Portal de Angola

2017 Cristiano Mangovo exhibits “Riches of Africa”, Rede Angola

2016 Cristiano Mangovo exhibits at Brazil Cultural Center, Jornal de Angola