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Rafael Mouzinho was born in Maputo, Mozambique, and began his relationship with the arts by taking a ceramics course (1999-2005) at the Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais (Mozambique). Thereafter, he completed a degree in Visual Arts at the Instituto Superior de Artes e Cultura (ISArC), in Maputo (2009-2012), and has combined his practice as an artist with art curating, writing and teaching.
Some of the highlights of his experience are his participation in Expo Arte Contemporânea (MUVART), at Museu Nacional de Arte (Mozambique: 2004 and 2006); Hora 0 at Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (Mozambique: 2014), Traveling exhibition Maputo a tale of a city, Oslo, Harare and Maputo (2009-2011). He has contributed to the Justaposicão Project co-choreographing the piece Centauros, showcased at the Festival Kinani (Mozambique: 2013), and This Ain’t Africa at Dialogues Africa Festival (Germany: 2014). He has published articles for Atitudes e Tendências Estéticas for the exhibition Processos: Artista, Obra e Público na Galeria Kulunguana (Mozambique: 2014); And Barriga de Dragão in the book One Million, Fourty Years (and Sixty-Three Days) SMAC Gallery, South Africa. He was written Nos Escombros da Memória and conducted the following interviews: Uma conversa entre Rafael Mouzinho e Félix Mula, Ângela Ferreira: Uma conversa entre Alda Costa e Rafael Mouzinho; as well as the introductory catalogue for South Facing, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2017) and Third Text, Vol. 5, Mozambique (2018).
Recently, Rafael curated Octopus e Miopia of Ilídio Candja Candja at Galeria Quadrum (Lisbon-Portugal, 2021) and Novo Normal of Vasco Manhiça at Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (Mozambique: 2021).
He was one of the advisors for publication Atlantic: Contemporary Art from Mozambique and its Diaspora, published by Hangar Books (2020), Lisbon-Portugal.
Currently, he is Assistant Curator at the Colecção de Arte/Galeria of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and teaching Curating Workshop at the Instituto Superior de Artes e Cultura (ISArC, Mozambique).