Casca, is a self-taught artist born in 1976 in Alverca, Lisbon. He is one of the few Angolan Luso artists in the world of contemporary Angolan national art. The exhibition ROOTS showed his acrylic paintings with his colourful avatar identities of modern society from the serie “Survive”.
“I believe that art is able to liberate the human being from individual thoughts, allowing the exchange and union of cultures, perpetuating the thoughts of humanity, adding knowledge, moral, ethical and human values.
Casca, is a self-taught artist born in 1976 in Alverca, Lisbon. He is one of the few Angolan Luso artists in the world of contemporary Angolan national art. From an early age he showed a great interest in the world of art. His father is a musician, his grandfather, a great craftsman and together they inspired him to become an artist.
As a child, he showed early promise in drawing, winning a prize for the best drawing in a school competition at the age of eight. His first contact with paints and brushes happened at sixteen under the influence of a friend who encouraged him to take a course in canvas and porcelain painting.
Prior to becoming an artist, Casca’s background was as a welder and locksmith. These skills are also present in his creative work.
Casca has a strong connection with the African people and their culture, in which the masks are seen as protagonists. His art is a result of a divine vision, listening to nature, signs, clues, thoughts, images, people that appear in his head, clues in dreams, studying myths and spirituality given to us by ancestors. All of this is connected with universal issues, inequality, oppression and an obsession with security.
Casca believes art is able to liberate the human being from individual thoughts, allowing the exchange and union of cultures, perpetuating the thoughts of humanity, adding knowledge, moral, ethical and human values. So that together in the future we support our planet rather than destroy it
Casca began his love of Africa in the 1980s, from stories his family told of life in Angola especially. They would come to Portugal on vacation and he loved it when they stayed as he was fascinated, listening hour upon hour to stories that sent his imagination soaring. He particularly loved Angolan children’s literature, the Kitutos (Kimbundo dialect) about the land and art, which most of the time were exchanged for products that people did not have in Angola.
Casca imagined a land full of magic and power and during school, he spent more time with his colleagues of African descent absorbing the culture more.
As an adult, he met his future wife who originates from Angola, they married and two boys were born. Casca continued his journey into the world of an artist, but also had to work in order to provide his share for the family. In the 2000s, an opportunity arose for a work contract for Vila do Luxilo, in Lunda Norte, Angola and when he arrived there he experienced a sensation of being at home, as if he had lived there before. As soon as he arrived he began to interact with the local population, the Chokwe people who possess a rich culture and many strong traditions. Casca felt a culture lost in time with roots stretching back centuries into collective memories, stories, rituals and dances. He particularly liked the way they would transform or recycle any material turning it into a unique and unusual resource or piece of art. The experience Casca gained from the Chokwe awoke him and inspired him to this day so before creating anything he performs a spiritual ritual learnt from them.
Later on Casca moved to Luanda and found himself surrounded by a multicultural society where he continued his research and further refined his style. He lived in Luanda for 3 years and then Benguela, a wonderful city also strongly spiritually.
In Benguela, Casca continued his odyssey, resuming his work and research and then began travelling all over Southern Angola, absorbing more unique spiritual cultures with many different traditions. His first solo exhibition “EVIAVIYO” took place in 2016 where he portrays The Masks made with various types of material that the earth itself provided him and the inspiration of the Angolan people he met.
EVIAVYO- Chiquitos Coffee and Art, Benguela- Angola
It’s the culture exhibition (The Crib-custard factory), Digbeth, Birmingham
We’re still at daycare 333 (Adonis Fortunato Art Gallery), Luanda Angola
Comtemporary exhibition Peterborough Museum
Art Gallery, Peterborough, UK
United by Painting– Mathews yard Gallery, London, UK
NATIONAL JAANGO (SHE ART GALLERY), Luanda, Angola
Presence is key (Adonis Fortunato Art Gallery), Luanda, Angola
Kaluandando.com/ Portuguese Cultural Center at the Portuguese Embassy in Luanda), Luanda, Angola
Kaluandando.com/ Soap Factory, Luanda, Angola
Etimba fest, Benguela-Angola
Rock on the Catumbela River, Benguela Angola