AFRICAN MARKET PLACE mixed media on canvas 150x140cm 2018
EXHIBITION 16/11>22/12


Nothing is Lost, Everything Becomes…Cosmos part#2

Du 16 novembre au 22 décembre la galerie expose Ilidio Candja Candja, artiste Mozambicain.

Né en 1976 il fait parti d’une nouvelle génération de plasticiens du continent Africain, son travail est exposé dans de nombreuses galeries à travers le monde.

Il revient dans nos murs présenter son nouveau travail après 2 ans et de très belles expositions notamment à Barcelone, Atlanta, New-York, Bruxelles, …










Many artists take years to carefully create its identity as painters; but Illídio Candja merely followed his inspiration as painter, indifferent to associations and references to other contemporary artists, never forgetting his African origin. Candja is like a manufacturer who believes that his products will always be special for themselves. Painting after painting, he asserts his extraordinary creative freedom and produces a work of internal otherness to the art world without demagoguery or naïveté, influenced by what might have been his artistic training in the colourful tradition of his country.

Two years after moving from Maputo (where he was born) to live in Porto, the painting of Ilídio Candja has attracted the attention ofmany international experts.

The first point to emphasize in the painting of Illídio Candja, is the way he is able to produce a universal painting; the universalism of his vision lies in how he uses images of handmade objects and ancient artefacts from the artist’s African imaginary, and the manner how he converts them into essential, unique elements in his painting, making use of collage in a modern context in a way that it becomes impossible to separate the collage-paintings of the artist’s path.

Illídio’s painting isn’t about creating a critical position, but instead is an artistic, aesthetics and cultural practice analogous to those who are guided by a free behaviour, starting from the premise that art invents ways of inhabiting the world. The artist proposes us to inhabit his world, sending us an effective message of things that he is sensitive to, including those that concern him from a remix of thoughts and ideas of the past, present and future.

The African experience of Ilídio Candja became several experiments determinative to the structure of his paintings: flickering between image and idea, identity and experience. Colourful and exotic, the paintings of Candja convert themselves into infinite imaginary manners, an intelligent coexistence between images of African culture and painting-collage’s abstract backgrounds on which the images are introduced andthe African memory is activated.

Victor Pinto da Fonseca

Plataforma Revólver

Lisbon, September 2015

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