Born in 1973 in the city of Malanje, about 400 km from Luanda, artist Thó Simões works with painting, performance, collage, urban and digital arts, as well as filmmaking and photography. Eschewing any sort of labels for his multifaceted work, he states categorically: “My work does not obey set rules. It’s easier to say I’m just an artist”.
Curious by nature and a born researcher, Simões can often be seen on the streets of Luanda observing and absorbing both the city’s urban dynamics and culture, as well as its personalities. Through his work, he mixes and resignifies elements of traditional African art and global urban contemporary art. According to the artist, his methods come from a “need to identify myself, as I am the product of a society built on the basis of colonization. It’s like I look within myself and see I’m missing a piece. So I go after it and, in this process, I try to find common threads between the past, present and future—a language that is able to balance all the things I can grasp inside this chaos of information”.