Mário Macilau is an international award-winning young photographer who was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique where he lives and works. He started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007. Macilau´s photography artwork focuses on political, social and cultural issues, linked to the radical transformations of the humans in time and space. In his photography, he deals with the complex reality of human labor and the environmental conditions evolving over the times, using the images he captures as a form of visual confrontation that state a line of reflection to the reality.
His work has been recognized with awards and featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in his home country and abroad and also his work is collected by many art enthusiasts throughout the world, and has been featured in leading art or photography magazines. Recently he showed 56th Venice Biennale in Italy, 2015, Pangea I at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, 2014, The Johannesburg Art Fair, 2013 and 2014, Bamako Photo Festival, 2011 and among others.