Reinata Sadimba I Mozambique
Reinata was born in 1945 in Homba, Cape Delgado Province, Mozambique.
Orphaned by her father, she remained with her mother and three brothers and when she was very young, was forced into a combined marriage that did not last long but from which she had three children. Daughter of peasants, she received the traditional education of the Maconde ethnicity, which included the manufacture of utilitarian objects in clay (plates, pitchers, etc.).
She later meets her second husband with whom she had more children. During the liberation war and the first years of Mozambique’s Independence, Reinata lost seven of her children and divorced from her second marriage.
Nimo, where she used to live at the time, is one of the villages of the plateau of Mueda, the cradle of the ethnicity Maconde. Being a very original and independent woman in a small village caused her many misunderstandings and difficulties. In the traditional familiar activities’ division, the potter’s work belongs exclusively to women, but Reinata gradually transforms the pots into anthropomorphic figures, changing the role of the potter into that of an artist and invading a space, reserved until then, to men.
In 1985 facing various difficulties with her young son, Reinata decided to travel to Dar es Salaam to visit her sister. The artist held her first solo exhibition in 1990 at the Nyyumba Ya Sanaa Gallery, in Dar es Salaam. In 1992, when the war in Mozambique ended, Reinata decided to return and settle in Maputo, where the Museum of Natural History offered her a space, which, since then, has functioned as her studio.
Reinata is considered one of the most important female artists on the African continent. The artist has received numerous awards and her works are represented in various institutions such as the National Museum of Mozambique, the Museum of Ethnology of Lisbon, the United Nations headquarters in New York, and the Modern Art collection of Culturgest, in addition to numerous private collections around the world. She held solo and collective exhibitions in Mozambique, Portugal, Switzerland, Tanzania, South Africa, Denmark, France, Italy, UK, and USA.
Selected solo exhibitions:
Atelier Aberto, Galeria 1834, Maputo, Mozambique
Dialogue with clay, Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique
Nimerudi, Centro Cultural Brazil-Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique
Makono la Mashiano, Mãos de Escultura, Perve Galeria, Lisboa, Portugal
Nyumba ya Sanaa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Selected group exhibitions:
Galeria Arte de Gema, Maputo, Mozambique
South is the new North, Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Reinata Sadima e Inácio Matsinhe, African Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Reinata e Shikhani, Perve Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
Transitions, Brunel Gallery, London, UK
Às Portas do Mundo, Palácio D. Manuel, Évora, Portugal
Fragile Terra di Mozambico, Botteghe della Solidarietà, Milan, Italy
Offenes Atelier, Basileia, Switzwerland
Da Convergência dos Rios, Perve Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
Mais a Sul, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Latitudes 2003, Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Porto Arte, 2ª Feira de Arte Contemporânea do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Perve Acervo, Banco de Portugal, Leiria, Portugal
Sulcos (roxos) do olhar, lusofonia no feminino, Perve Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
Arte Contemporânea de Moçambique, Galeria de Arte Cervejaria Trindade, Lisbon, Portugal
Regine d’Africa, Rocca di Umbertide, Perugia, Italy
Maninguemente Ser, Perve Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
Progress of the World’s Women exposição comissionada por UNIFEM, New York, New York, USA
Arte Assinada no Femenino, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique
Cerâmica, Centro Cultural Português, Maputo, Mozambique
Olhos do Mundo, Perve Galeria, Lisbon, Portugal
Expo 98, Lisbon, Portugal
Maputo, Mozambique and Lisbon, Portugal
Maputo, Mozambique and Denmark
TDM Biennale,Maputo, Mozambique
Centro de Estudos Brasileiros, Maputo, Mozambique