1957, Estevao Mucavele, son of peasants, together with other
mozambicans, leave for the mines in South Africa in search
of a better life. He was 16 years old and had the 3rd grade
completed in a Catholic mission.
year later, in 1958, Estevão Mucavele left the mines
and managed to get a job as a cleaner in a Johannesburg
art gallery. In 1966 he went to Cape Town and worked there
as a janitor, a job which left him with a lot of free time.
Mucavele then decided to make use of this time and started
to paint. Two years later he held his first one-man exhibition
in Cape Town.
1971 Mucavele takes part in a group show. Following the
good reception of this exhibition, he decides to dedicate
himself exclusively to painting.
1976, a year after Mozambique's independence, Estevão
Mucavele, returns to his home country. He collaborated with
other painters on the mural in Heroes Square and participated
in the travelling group show that went on to Angola, RDA
's painting depicts usually landscapes: those he saw in
South Africa, the mines, the sea and often his "imaginary
the words of Malangatana, Mucavele 's art is "uncompromised".
"EXPO 92 - 9 Artistas de Moçambique"