OIL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS. Born in Portugal (1978) to Cape Verdean and Angolan parents, lives and works between Lisbon and Luanda. He was awarded his MFA by Columbia University in New York, USA in 2010, after having earned a BA from Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal in 2002, and completing the Independent Study Programme at Maumaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon, Portugal in 2005. Vidal identifies himself as both African and a product of the diaspora and cultural fusion. Postcolonial personhood is the main focus of his art, where he explores themes of creolism, mixed identities, and transcultural currents. Vidal’s drawings, sculptures, and installations are marked by a visual lexicon that builds on Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso, ethnographic photography, and African fabrics, as well as the bold, calligraphic lines of graffiti and street art. Vidal’s large-scale portraits are composed of layered sheets of paper, highlighting their status as both objects and paintings, and evoking an architectural physicality. Across mediums, Vidal balances technical precision with expressive freedom, creating emotive artworks that are rooted in a will to survive and the acknowledgement of historical traumas.
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