Rodrigo Mabunda | Mozambique
Rodrigo Mabunda was born in 1985 in Mozambique. He is a self-taught artist, whose artistic career began relatively recently, in 2015. What initially was a passion and a break from his everyday job, has progressively become his vocation and professional activity.
In 2018, he was the resident artist at Artistic Residence in Óbidos in Portugal and in 2019 at AKKA Project | Venice Artist Residency.
Inspired by the chaotic movement of the city of Maputo, Rodrigo tells stories through his original illustrations “I draw eyes which represent the look on Africa. I like that people have to search for the different stories in the box.”
Initially, Rodrigo produced drawings on paper. But then, he found a computer box, he picked it up and transformed it, from that day on packaging became his preferred medium “Now, I always see the potential in the packaging boxes. That is why I sometimes say I’m a “dreamer of the streets” because I adopt these boxes as if they were street children.”
Mabunda gives a second life to those objects that most of us would consider simple waste. Rodrigo recovers and revives these forgotten objects through his vibrant and powerful creativity and transforms them into art.
His artworks are present in Pigozzi Collection, Moleskine Foundation Arte, and numerous private collections.
Rodrigo is internationally represented by AKKA Project.