Ilidio Candja Candja was born in 1976 in Maputo, Mozambique. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts. Following a number of exhibitions in his home country, Ilidio relocated to Portugal to develop his artistic practice. Ilidio’s paintings are an explosion of colour and energetic brushstrokes resonant with gestural abstraction. His large colourful canvases have a playful quality to them and many of the symbols found in his compositions draw upon his African origins. On the subject of the narrative components in his work, Ilidio says, “the concept is to write with my paintings in order not to forget who I am, where I come from and where I intend to go”. Ilidio has exhibited in his home country, South Africa, the USA and across Europe. He lives and works in Portugal.