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Malangatana Valente Ngwenya was born on the 6th of June 1936, in the district of Marracuene. He was a renowned Mozambican artist and poet, known internationally by his first name.

He produced and worked in several areas, from painting, sculpture, ceramics, murals to poetry and music. His works revolved around political and historical happenings in Mozambique, focusing until 1975 on the injustices perpetrated by the Portuguese colonialism and the anti-colonial war. Post independence, the focus shifted to themes centred on the civil war. After this period his work began to evolve around broader, universal themes, capturing life's hardships and its heroic aspects; thereafter the 80's were a more sensual period focusing on love.

Along the years, he had several personal exhibitions in Mozambique, Angola, Germany, Austria, Brasil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, United States, Spain, Finland, France, India, England, Island, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, amongst others.
He was awarded the Nachingwea medal for his contribution to Mozambican culture and was made part of an official order of Infante D. Henrique in Portugal. In 1997, UNESCO named him "Artist for Peace" and was handed the Prince Claus prize.

He was awarded: diploma and silver medal as a member "Honoris Causa" of Tomase Campanella Academy of Arts and Sciences; honorary member of the same Academy, 1970; Grand Officer of the Order of Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil, 1990; medal Nachingwea for his contribution to the Mozambican culture; Artist for Peace, UNESCO; Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, Portugal, 1995; In 1997, UNESCO named him "Artist for Peace" and he was given the Prince Claus Award; awarded the prize "Africa Today" - Fine Arts, 2002; awarded the "Order Eduardo Mondlane 'of Grade 1, 2006; Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters, France, 2007; Doctor Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University, Maputo, 2007; Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Evora, Portugal; and Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, 2010.

He passed away on the 5th of January in Matosinhos, Portugal.


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