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Perve Galería

Lisbon, Portugal

Ernesto Shikhani
Mozambique (1934-2010)

Ernesto Shikhani, Untitled, 1973, Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm
Courtesy of Perve Galeria


Located in the historic center of Lisbon, Perve Galeria presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, since November 2000. The gallery develops and promotes nationally and internationally artistic, cultural and technological projects. One of its primary objectives has been the dissemination of authors coming from the Portuguese speaking countries, not only in the fields of visual arts but also with multimedia art and interactivity.


Ernesto Shikhani
Reinata Sadimba
Cruzeiro Seixas
Agostinho Santos
Alberto Pimenta
Ana Maria Pintora
Artur Bual
Cabral Nunes
Carlos Zingaro
Ernesto M. Melo e Castro
Eurico Gonçalves
Fernando Aguiar
Fernando Lemos
Isabel Meyrelles
João Garcia Miguel
João Ribeiro
Manuel João Vieira
Mário Cesariny
Pancho Guedes
Sónia Aniceto
Vítor Rua
Aldo Alcota

Ernesto Shikhani

Ernesto Shikhani was born in 1934, in the Muvesha region, Mozambique. Son of farmers, he was a shepperd until the age of 16. Contemporary of Malangatana and Chissano, Shikhani started sculpting in the Art Nucleus (Núcleo de Arte), having had portuguese sculptor Lobo Fernandes as his master. In 1963, he becomes Professor Silva Pinto’s assistant on Mouzinho de Albuquerque Industrial School. From 1970 he started dedicating himself also to painting. In 1973, Shikhani is awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation which gives him the opportunity to study and work in Europe. In 1976 he moves back to Mozambique, where he stays for a couple of years teaching drawing classes. In 1982, he receives another scholarship and moves to the URSS. Ernesto Shikhani has exhibited regularly since 1968 and his work is represented in the National Museum of Mozambique, in Culturgest’s Modern Art Collection, and in several other important public and private art collections in all 5 continents.


Carlos Cabral Nunes, Director

Lisbon, Portugal
Rua das Escolas Gerais, 17-19
T: +351 218 822 607/08