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Born in 1941, Roberto Chichorro spent his childhood in the Mafalala, suburban area of Lourenço Marques, the frontier between the cement city of the whites and the cane city of the blacks. A mulato, he is himself a frontier between two cultures and constantly paints his childhood memories using a highly colored palette where, in the words of Ana Mafaida Leite, “The parodised Chagailian backgrounds open one’s eyes to the intensity of a magical, almost imponderable floating world”. Chichorro lived in Mozambique until 1983 and held several one-man exhibitions both there and in Luanda, as well as participating in numerous exhibitions in Mozambique and abroad. In 1973 he received the “Acquisition” prize at the Angola Modern Art Salon.
In 1983 he went to Spain on a scholarship from the Spanish government to study ceramics and engraving. He had several exhibitions of his own there and participated in a number of others. In 1986 he went to
Portugal on a scholarship from the Portuguese General Directorate for Cooperation and is still there, exhibiting both individually and collectively. In Portugal he has received an Honorable Mention at the Obidos Biennal in 1991. In 1997 he held a one-man exhibition in Maputo.
He is represented in the National Art Museum, the Lisbon Contemporary Art Museum and in public and official collections in Mozambique and other countries including Brazil, Italy, Tanzania and the United States.
“Acquisition” prize at the Angola Modern Art Salon, 1973. Honorable Mention at the Casino do Estoril Autumn Salon, Portugal, 1987. Honorable Mention at the Obidos Biennal, Portugal, 1991.
Born: 1941, Mafalala
Place of Birth: Mafalala, Lourenço Marques
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