Lumieres d'Afriques | TCHALÉ FIGUEIRA
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Born, in 1953, in São Vicente, Tchalé Figueira moved to Switzerland in 1974 to study at the Basel School of Design. He returned to Mindelo, his hometown, in 1985.


Tchalé Figueira is a multidisciplinary artist who expresses himself through painting and drawing, and also through music, writing and poetry. He published Tous les naufrages du monde (All the shipwrecks of the world), in 1992, Là où les sentiments se rencontrent (Where the Feelings Meet) in 1998, and then Lazur et la mer (The Blue and the Sea) in 2001.


His creations, characterized by bright colors and distorted shapes are the result of a skillful mixture of the real world and a dream world, between observation and imagination. With a certain irony, his work is inspired by the burlesque scenes of local life and the aberrations of the human condition, as he denounces political and societal flaws.


His work has been shown across the world, in Europe, Africa, the United States and Brazil.

In 2008, he received the Fondation Blachère award at the Dakar Biennial.

Tchale figuiera

Tchalé Figueira,
The Future, 2015,
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm,
©Mathieu Lombard

As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.


All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.


We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.


As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.


In these times of containment, you can find some of our projects and keep in touch on :


The virtual gallery of the Lumières d'Afriques exhibition


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Above all, take care of yourself and your loved ones.


AAD team.