Sebastião Coana

Mozambique

"I support the reconstruction of the community where I was born, channeling part of my income, from art, to reduce the suffering of local residents."

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Sebastião Coana

Sebastião Coana, a contemporary Mozambican artist born in 1987, is a versatile and creative talent known for his diverse range of artistic expressions. His work spans cultural installations, street art, and oil paintings, often characterized by vibrant colors and a deep connection to daily life.

Coana's artistic journey began at a young age when he first discovered his talent in 1995. His passion for art led him to join the youth art program at the National Museum of Arts in Maputo in 2000, where he further developed his skills and artistic vision.

After his formative years in Mozambique, Coana pursued higher education in art and beyond. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China in Beijing (CAFA) in 2012, demonstrating his commitment to honing his craft. Additionally, he earned a Master's degree in International Finance from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, showcasing his versatility and interest in finance.

Coana's artistic creations, including paintings and street murals, have garnered attention and recognition both in Mozambique and internationally. His works can be found in various public and private collections, including the National Museum of Art in Mozambique. His art has also traveled to over 25 countries, including China, the United States, South Africa, and Finland, among others.

What sets Coana apart is not only his artistic talent but also his commitment to making a positive impact on his community. He allocates a portion of his income from his art to support the reconstruction and well-being of the community where he was born, showcasing his dedication to reducing the suffering of local residents.

Some of his notable public art projects include the "History of Matola," a mural art spanning over 50 meters on the newly constructed municipal building in Matola, Mozambique. He also transformed an area of downtown Maputo City known for its challenges into a vibrant space of hope and empowerment through mural art.

Sebastião Coana's art transcends boundaries, bringing together culture, community, and creativity to inspire positive change and make a lasting impact on society.



2022 - Expo Individual RECICLARTE no Absa Bank sede premium;
2020 – Live art painting to support victims of terrorism in Cabo Delegado and Curated Expo KuImbondi, in Galeria Porto de Maputo, Mozambique;
2019 – Expo Transcending, Maputo city Mall-Maputo, Mozambique;
2017 – Annual Expo National Museum of Arts Maputo, Moçambique;
2015 – Symphony of Cultures- Kempinski hotel, Beijing, China;
2014, 2013, 2012 e 2011 – Taipei Art Revolution – Taipei, Taiwan;
2012 – “Inspiring Artists” Fox Gallery, Shanghai, China;
2010 – “The Girl of Oranges” Maputo, Mozambique;
2008 – “Inspiring Artists Group Show” in Beijing Colors of Joy Gallery – Beijing 798, China;
2007 – “Colored Africa” Beijing Colors of Joy Gallery – Beijing 798, China;
2007 – “Rising Hope” Mozambican Association of Photography – Maputo, Mozambique;
2006 – “Africa – China Young Artists Exhibition” Colors of Joy Art Gallery – Beijing 798 Beijing, China;
2005 – “The Moon of Yesterday” Maputo; Cultural House – Maputo, Mozambique;
2005 – “Behind the Canvas” Newtown Johannesburg, South Africa;
2005 – “New York Art Expo 05” Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre – NY, United States of America;
2004 – “Descoberta Art Fair” Brasil Cultural Centre Maputo, Mozambique;
2004 – “Expo Annual Musart 2004” Location Maputo, Mozambique;
2003 – “Young Artists from Portuguese Speaking Countries” group exhibition, Camoes Institute Exhibition Hall – Maputo, Mozambique;
2003 – “World Youth Arts Expo” Confirm the hall Hyvinkaan – Finland;
2003 – “Brasil Cultural Centre Annual Art Show”. Brasil Cultural Centre – Maputo, Mozambique;
2002 – “Expo Annual Musart 2002” National Art Museum – Maputo, Mozambique.

Awards
2004 – “UNESCO Art on Human Rights” Award Winner, UNESCO Mozambique Headquarters – Maputo, Mozambique;
2005 – “Expo Momentum” Mural Paintings Award, Alto Maé – Maputo, Mozambique;
2007 – “National Mural Painting Award” PSI Jeito Mozambique – Maputo, Mozambique;
2016 – Entrepreneur of the Year, RM-Radio Cidade;
2017 – Entrepreneur of the Year ANJE, Banco Comercial e de Investimentos;
2018 – All Africa Top Innovator of Climate Action Sustainability Challenge by AbinBev- South Africa;
2019 – StartUpper of the Year by TOTAL Moçambique.

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