Mário Macilau is born in Mozambique (1984), where he lives and works. Having lived
during the last years of Civil War in his country, he early dedicated himself to photography.
In 2007, he began to work as professional photographer. The artist strives on the theme of
positive change across different cultures, places and perspectives.
In 2011, he is short listed for the BES Photo Award 2011, with exhibitions at the Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, and the Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the same year, he participates in the Bamako Biennial, Mali.
In 2012, he realizes his first solo exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, and participates in the Rencontres d’Arles, France; also he completes two artist residencies in Africa, in Kenya and in Nigeria, with two solo exhibitions. Still in 2012, he is awarded the 1st Prize of the Fundación Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, NY, as well as the 1st Prize of The Protection Project, Photography Contest, Washington DC.
He travels a lot and is frequently invited for lectures, not only in Africa but also Europe, e.g. at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
His works can be found in the institutional collections of PLMJ (Lisbon), the bank Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (Maputo), the French Embassy (Maputo), and the AAF - African Artists’ Foundation (AAF, Lagos), as well as he’s present in several Portuguese and African private collections.
In 2013, the TV-channel Aljazeera presented a prestigious documentary on his life and work:
Mário Macilau - A Unique Gaze