Born 1975Angola.

Yonamine originally comes from Luanda, Angola’s largest city. As a result of the Angolan war he constantly moved between Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of Congo), Brazil, Angola, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Yonamine now lives and works in Lisbon and Angola.

Yonamine has exhibited widely since 2004 and has participated in several international exhibitions, among them: Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, 2012; walewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, 2011; the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, 2010; the 9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009; the 10th Havana Biennial, Kuba, 2009; Transverse, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas, 2008; Check List Luanda Pop, 52nd Venezia Biennale, Afrikanischer Pavillon, 2007; Replica and Rebellion, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, 2006.

The artist is represented in several private and public collections namely: SD Collection – Sindika Dokolo African Contemporary Art (Luanda, Angola); BPA Collection – Banco Privado de Angola; BIC Collection – Banco Internacional de Crédito (Lisbon, Portugal); Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection (Lisbon, Portugal); Leal Rios Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal); PLMJ Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal); Hélder Batáglia Contemporary Art Collection (Luanda, Angola); Rui Costa Reis Collection (Luanda, Angola).

Yonamine’s prolific and diverse artistic practice includes painting, drawing, graffiti, photography, video, and other media, such as tattooing. His multi media installations are both personal diaries and explorations of African history and politics.  His oeuvre often features ambiguous references to African colonisers and its colonised population, seen through the eyes of an artist living in a globalised world that is marked by colonial transition.

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