About


Fernando Matoso is an African born Portuguese artist currently based in London, UK. Having lived in several countries and between continents throughout his artistic career, his work reflects a diversity of cultures and artistic mediums.

The primary purpose of Matoso’s work has always been to connect with the human: to communicate directly with the viewer, to explore internal emotions, tensions or harmonies and to establish links between cultures, the human and divine.

His artwork has been both instrumental in impacting change, working directly with communities, as well as reacting to human values, society’s values and the fragility of our world. In essence, his work drives at transformation, how art will build us all a stronger, better world.

 

 

 


Biography

2018

Freelance Photographer
Commercial Photography work in London, UK.

2017

Freelance Photographer
Developing artistic work in Portugal and UK.

2011 – 2016

Commissioned Photographer
By Reignite Action for Development to create a data of images that reflected the NGO’s work in Bambui, Cameroon. Project duration of five years.

2005 – 2011

Freelance Photographer
Around the UK: Winchester, Bristol, London, Newbury & Stone.

2003 – 2005

Commissioned photographer
By the Champagnat Foundation: Marist Brothers. “Water 4 Life” is a Social Documentary Photography work realized in Mozambique.

2001 – 2003

Art Director
Managing an art gallery: Mission Expert Gallery and creative studio of multiple talents and medias in Lisbon, Portugal.

1981 – 2001

Creative & Art Director
Design of multiple lines of utility and decoration products for the home industry.
Product Photographer
Product images and communication materials.

1977 – 1980

Visual Artist
Watercolors painter


Exhibitions

 

2017

XIX Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, Blurreal Photography, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal. 
Hotel Minho
, Blurreal Photography, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.

2011

LX Factory, Blurreal Photography, Lisbon, Portugal.
Metamorfoses, Blurreal Photography, Viana Castelo, Portugal.

2010

The view, Blurreal Photography, Winchester, UK.
The Foundry, Blurreal Photography, London, UK.

2005

II Bienal de Artes de Mafra, Photography, Mafra, Portugal.
Contacto Directo Gallery, Photography, Lisbon, Portugal.
1000 Talents Gallery, Photography, Peniche, Portugal.
Estado das Artes Gallery, Photography, Torres Vedras, Portugal.
Serpente Gallery, Photography, Porto, Portugal.

2004

1000 Talents Gallery, Photography, Peniche, Portugal.

2003

Missao Expert Gallery, Photography, Lisbon, Portugal.

2002

1000 Talents Gallery, Photography, Peniche, Portugal.

1984

Tourism gallery, Painting, Estarreja, Portugal.
Dionisio Pinheiro Gallery, Painting, Águeda, Portugal.
Clube Macinhatense, Painting, Agueda, Portugal.

1983

Fundacao Dionisio Pinheiro Gallery, Painting, Agueda, Portugal.
Tourism Gallery, Painting, Covilha, Portugal.

1981

Tourism Gallery, Painting, Sintra, Portugal.

1980

Tourism Gallery, Painting, Covilha, Portugal.

1979

Casa do Adro, Painting, Agueda, Portugal.

1977

Teatro do Nosso Tempo, Painting, Lisboa, Portugal.

 


Awards

2010

Highly Commended Photography by the Winchester Photography Society, Photography, Winchester, UK.

2011

Awarded a trophy and an Honourable Mention at Metamorphys”, Photography, Viana Castelo, Portugal.

2005

Honorable Mention, by II Bienal de Artes de Mafra, Photography Mafra, Portugal.

 


Participations

2016

Lens Culture Review,  Photography, USA.

2009

Rhubarb International Review, Photography, Birmingham, UK.

2008

Rhubarb International Review, Photography, Birmingham, UK.

 


Contact

 

Email: info@fernandomatoso.com
Mobile UK: +44 7722041849
Mobile PT: +351 918062884