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date: 11 December 2019

Olé, Antóniolocked

(b Luanda, 1951).
  • Carol Magee
  • , revised by Kimberly Bobier

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(b Luanda, 1951).

Angolan sculptor, painter, and film maker. Self-taught, Olé began exhibiting his work in the late 1960s. Since that time, he has participated internationally in numerous exhibitions, though he exhibited quite infrequently in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During this period he focused on making films, producing almost a whole one per year between 1975 and 1985. Beginning in 1981, Olé studied cinema and Afro-American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a degree from the Center for Advanced Film Studies of the American Film Institute, Los Angeles in 1985. He won first place for painting at the 1986 Havana Bienal and in 1992 was awarded the Premio ENSA de Pintura, Luanda. At a two-week artists’ workshop, Pachipamwe II, held at Cyrene, Zimbabwe, in 1989, he experimented with materials, mixing ground sandstone with pigment to produce relatively abstract paintings that emphasize rich fields of colour. In his sculptural work he has employed found objects to comment on the devastating effects of the Angolan civil war, poverty, and the post-independence future. In the 1990s he expanded this commentary by creating multimedia installations such as ...

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