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. He 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 has worked in different media such as soft pastel, oil pastel, oils, graphic and wood carving prints.
He described his motivation accordingly:
“I paint the everyday life in Africa, with its joys and sorrows.”