Born in Angola in 1982, Mangovo currently lives and works in Lisbon. As a native of Cabinda, his vision, imagination and references are rooted in the rich and complex multi-layered socio-cultural landscape of this region. His artistic abilities and early interest in drawing led him to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. One of the most prolific among the painters of the Angolan post-war generation, Mangovo has developed a unique, profound, exuberant and mature style, which could be defined as Figurative Expressionism.
Driven by a keen sense of observation and a sharp critical spirit, Mangovo’s artistic signature features energetic creative impetus, strong visual rhythms, bold colors and contrasts, uninhibited organic moving forms and off-beat distorted body depictions. Focusing on complex topics through a peculiar satirical lens, his innovative approach, with the use of typologies and archetypal symbols and his attention to issues such as injustice, inequity, poverty and ecocide, goes beyond local specificities to achieve a universal dimension. His work is part of several art collections such as AFRICANA Art Foundation (Switzerland), Centro Cultural Brasil (Angola), Dâr-al-Makhzen (Morocco), Fondation Gandur pour l’Art (Switzerland), Fundo das Nações Unidas para a População (RDC), Lycée Français A.E.F.L. (Angola) and Museu da Presidência da República Portuguesa (Portugal). Recent highlights include the Black Rock Senegal Artists-in-Residence, Lusofonia Awards 2021 in visual arts and the upcoming Kinshasa Biennale. Currently, Mangovo is represented by .insofar art gallery in Portugal.