Butcheca | Mozambique

“The thought, the face, the first impression hide an identity, they are shells that cover the truth.”

Moisés Ernesto Matsinhe Mafuiane, also known as Butcheca, is a self-taught artist born in 1978 in Maputo where he currently lives and works.

The Mozambique-born artist started his career in the early 90s passing through the workshops of Masters Fernando Romão and Naguib and becoming a member of Núcleo de Arte in 1997 where he has been exhibiting his work regularly.

Since his first solo exhibition in 2002 he has been showing his work in several cultural spaces in Maputo, namely at the Instituto Camões Gallery, at Fortaleza de Maputo, at the Núcleo de Arte, at the Museu Galeria Chissano and at the CCFM – Centro Cultural Franco-Mozambino where he held his last Solo Exhibition entitled “Chauffeur – O Driver do Butcheca” in 2009.

He has also exhibited his work in Portugal, Germany, Angola, South Africa, Japan and Tanzania. He is represented in various public and private collections both in Mozambique and abroad.
Since 2015 he has been a lecturer in Fine Arts and Painting at the French School Lycée Gustave Eiffel in Maputo.

His art speaks through paintings and sculpture and his works carry mystery and arouse curiosity. In Butcheca’s vision, visible beings are hidden behind the masks. Faces are a mask, the thought we express is a mask, the first impression we have of a person is a mask. The thought, the face, the first impression hide an identity, they are shells that cover the truth.

In 2015 he won the 2nd prize in the XIII edition of the TDM Biennale and was selected in an international competition for the creation of the graphic image of the 2014 edition of the Sukiyaki Meets the World Festival in Japan. 
In the same year, he also benefited from the Moving Africa program of the Goethe Institut to visit the Dak’Arte Biennale in Senegal.

Group exhibitions

African identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Crescente Collection 2021 , Kulungwana Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique
DISTRAS II (with Luís Santos and Filipe Branquinho), ARCO E-xbithions, AFRICA EM FOCO
Three dimensions – paths, densities and possibilities, CCBM – Centro Cultural Brasil-Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique

Experience FNB Art Joburg , South Africa (online)
ARCO Lisboa 2020, Portugal (online-Artsy)
Crescent Collection 2020, Kulungwana Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique

Encounter with Option Dzikamai (Zimbabwe), Nafasi Art Space, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
In contact with Phambi, Deal – Espaço Criativo, Maputo, Mozambique
Drawing Room Lisbon 2019, National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon, Portugal

Crescente Collection 2018, Kulungwana Gallery, Maputo, Mozambique
Exhibition B, Gallery 1834, Maputo, Mozambique

Solo exhibitions

Cerco, curated by Yolanda Couto and Jaime Lima, Fernando Leite Couto Foundation, Maputo, Mozambique

Traços, curated by Ulisses Oviedo, Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Moments of the atelier, 16Neto, Maputo, Mozambique     

Selected Works



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