Alberto Amarildo was
born in Maputo, Mozambique and studied art at 'Escola de Artes' in Maputo.
Amarildo worked as a textile designer,
before opening his own art studio 'Phambili', together with fellow Mozambique
artist Manuel Mangue , in Durban, Kwa Zulu-Natal. Since then he has
worked as a full time artist, successfully exhibiting in art galleries in South
Africa, Europe and Australia.
His flamboyant and vibrant large works are full of fun, energy and vitality;
his trademark being swirling figures with a dreamlike quality. Amarildo enjoys
working in different media such as soft pastel, oil pastel, oils, graphic and
wood carving prints. He describes his motivation accordingly: "I
paint the everyday life in Africa, with its joys and sorrows."