I’m a vessel, used by the ancestors to tell their story through my art. In that way, I use my art to communicate with God .hugo
About the Artist
Hugo was born in Portugal, in a town where racism had no meaning. His parents gave him a Portuguese name. His closest relationship was with his father who taught him how to draw. Because his parents had low income, Hugo was forced to build his own toys out of paper and card boxes.
He considers himself the most arrogant bastard you could find in Lambeth College of Art & Design. His teachers considered him some sort of genius, which is pretty bad for a 19 year-old boy’s ego. His ” African Blankness” portrait series is now widely vastly recognised.
Hugo launched his creative business in 2021 and now serves every human he can, one day at a time.
I was on my aunt’s table working on my art day in and day out. I had just finished high school and had a gap year transitioning between high school and college. Because I had so much free time I had time to explore my interests. And in that process, I just thought to myself: “Wouldn’t it be great if I could do this for the rest of my life?”
That was a beautiful thought. And beautiful things tend to escape if we don’t appreciate them.
My main obstacle was my mental health. Fortunately, my friends and family helped me snap out of it.
After I had watched a show called “Tales’ where it reimagines a world where racism is reversed, it awakened me about racism in a way I’ve never thought of before. I grew up in Portugal, in a town where racism had no meaning. I grew up reading comics, books and seeing art in churches that only represented white people.
That made me feel inferior and ugly. That’s why I decided to make art that represented African people being glorious in their own culture. But where was this culture? Because most of it had disappeared because of colonialism. And the ones that had remained were highly influenced by colonialism. That made me very irritated.
I think that’s what lead me to investigate the origin of human kind and the history of African mythology and later on the true African Pre Colonial History.
Since then, it’s been my goal to get to the soul of African culture and share it’s beauty with the world. And that’s why you’re here, and I hope I can make you forget about life’s burdens by paying a closer look to the beauty of the ancestors world.