Ezequiel Mabote, a Mozambican artist, born in 1979, is a self-taught artist. Mabote took art lessons at Noroestel High School and grew up in Maputo.
Ezequiel moved to South Africa in 1998 to pursue a career as an artist. He stayed in Durban KwaZulu Natal with his cousin, Isaac Sithole. It was through Isaac that he was introduced to the Bat Centre and began to engage with local artists.
He had his first exhibition in 1999 at the Intensive Care Café at the Bat Centre. In 2001 he attended the printmaking workshops at the Caversham Press in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands under well-known artists such as Malcolm Christian, Dr David Koloane, Gabi Nkosi, Kevin Sipp, Xolile Mtakatya and many more.
Ezequiel specialises in printmaking, woodcut colour reduction, oil pastels, paintings, sculptures, murals and bookbinding. He participated in many artwork events and projects at the Bat Center, as well as at the Durban University of Technology, the Grosvenor Girls High and the Velobala Art Project. He further conducted a workshop with graphic design students at the Bronx Community College in New York in 2010.
From 2011 to Date, Ezequiel has an Art gallery shop at King Shaka international Airport Departures, and is looking to franchise Mabote Art. Ezequiel is a business man, and an Entrepreneur who supports emerging artists.
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