Vasco Manhiça (Kito) was born in 1978, in the Province of Nampula, North of Mozambique. After some time, his family returned to Maputo where he started attending primary school. Manhiça grew up in Bairro do Aeroporto, one of the many peripheral areas of the city of Maputo. He graduated in 1998 in Graphic Design from Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais in Maputo. Later he became part of the faculty staff (a position he held for about 2 years). His works are the outcome of the vision the artist has of his country and of Africa. They represent a huge eagerness to explore themes that fill up his everyday life. These approaches, one can tell, have become more profound along his line of work. Today, the artist presents a work acknowledged by vigorous critics in a tridimensional social-political-cultural nature.
Manhiça has received several national prices in Mozambique, including: 1998 – 2nd Annual Musart (Museu Nacional de Arte) Mozambique prize; 1999 – 1st Bienal TDM (Telecomunicações de Moçambique) prize. He has been living in Europe for several years. Nowadays, he is based in Mozambique but participates in several international workshops, artist residencies and exhibitions in Portugal, France, Germany, Holland and South Africa.
His work can be seen in the National Museum of Art and in the Museum TDM in Maputo, in Galleries and other various private and public collections in Mozambique and around the world.