A ausencia de um sorriso II
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A triologia dos olhos tristes
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Black Thunder
Nelly Guambe (b. 1987, Mozambique, lives and works in Maputo)

Nelly Guambe began painting in 2010 when she joined the Mozambican Artist Association, Nucleo de Arte, after completing a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy in South Africa a year earlier. The themes of everyday womanhood and the human figure that feature in her painting are reflected in the artist’s simultaneous venture into fashion design. She established two up-cycling fashion brands between 2012 and 2016, and in 2017 she cofounded the Deal Creative Space in Maputo, which promotes Design, Entertainment, Arts, and Literature. Her first solo exhibition, Inquietude (Restlessness) took place in September 2017 at the Nucleo de Arte, Maptuo.
Nelly Guambe’s paintings explore and reflect on women’s emotions and circumstances. Using a combination of drawing and painting her work is subtly haunting yet delicate and restrained, evoking a feeling of restlessness that does not aim to resist nor represent the disquietude of the universe, but instead intends to express it. Seeing painting as a way to achieve expression, Guambe identifies with Edward Hopper’s sentiment: “If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”