Rodrigo Mabunda, born 1985, is a self-taught artists. Son in a family of 11 he had to start working at an early age (15years old) by accepting any kind of job that would give him a monthly pay.
He begins drawing on A4 sheets, but it is the discovery of the box as a more creative medium for his drawings that marks his debut as an artist.
His older brother, Goncalo Mabunda, always encouraged and pushed him into the artistic world, but was in the 2015, during the visit of an art collector that Rodrigo's artistic career would start to make sense to him.
Encouraged by Kris Khachatourian, Rodrigo started to produce more and more, soon after was included in the shows in Dubai at Akka Project.
Rodrigo Mabunda gets inspiration from daily life, his drawings tell stories about parties, ceremonies, markets, and other places that are always full of people.
He doesn’t plan the stories in advance, he simply picks the pen and start drawing. He says: “I pick up the pen and start drawing. I don’t have a plan in advance, it just comes to me as I start drawing. Actually, the box gives me the movements. The format of the box helps me with the drawing”, the final result is always a mystery.
Rodrigo is represented internationally by Akka Project.
2018. World Art Dubai (Akka Project)
2018. Núcleo de Arte. Maputo. Mozambique
2018. Joburg Art Fair. Johannesburg. South Africa
2018 "Xitiko Ni Mbaula". Roda Viva. Lisbon. Portugal
2018. Tokyo International Art Fair. Tokyo. Japan
2018. "Redimensão". Gallery 1834. Maputo. Mozambique
2017. "Colecção Crescente". Kulungwana Gallery. Maputo. Mozambique