Januario Jano

Januario Jano (1979, Luanda, Angola)
Lives and works in London, UK – Luanda, Angola – Madrid, Spain
Januario Jano is an interdisciplinary visual artist who works across sculpture, video, photography, textile, sound installation, and performance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University in London and his practice is substantially research-based.
Enthralled with the hypothesis of a delicate balance between fiction and reality, his practice reflects on ideas of home and self, constantly challenging historic and contemporary narratives within the context of the growing interdependence of the world’s economies, cultures, and populations. Januario Jano is interested in deepening investigation into culture production and identity.
Januario’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in notable private and public collections. His commitment to cultural and social engagement led him to establish Pés Descalços, a cultural and philanthropic collective focused on developing and promoting artistic and cultural projects in Angola. The collective complements the need for intervention in a sustained and grounded manner to enhance the current cultural reinvention taking place in that country. Since 2012, Januario has also been the driving force to help rewrite Angola’s next chapter, from civil war-torn state to innovation hub with the launch of TEDxLuanda, which he organises and curates.

2018-2020 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London – England
2002- 2005 BA (Hons) Design Studies, London Metropolitan University, London – England

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2022 IMBAMBAS: Unsettled Feelings of an Object and Self, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
2021 Arquivo Mestre, curated by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Jean-Claude Maier Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2019 Broken Bodies, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
2017 Ambundulando, curated by Paula Nascimento and Suzana Sousa,
Portuguese Cultural Center, Luanda, Angola
2016 Kwika: Love Or Hate, curated by Sonia Ribeiro, Galerie Thorigny, Paris, France
Fragmentation 1.0, curated by Sonia Ribeiro, Gallery of Economic Bank, Luanda Angola

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2024 Choreographies of the Impossible, (​​the 35th Bienal de São Paulo – travel exhibition), curated by Diane Lima, Grada Kilomba, Hélio Menezes and Manuel Borja-Villel, Sesc, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
ECHOS DER BRUDERLÄNDER, curated by Prof Dr Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marie
Helene Pereira, HKW, Berlin, Germany
2023 Big Mama Thornton, Gallery Nosco London
2022 BRR-ARB, Curated by Ana Teles and Luis Sandes, Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London
Stories From Africa – Chapter 1, Curated by Tatematsu Takeshi, Standing Pine Gallery, Nagoya, Japan REFLECT #2 – Fragments, Fragilities, Memories, curated by Emilia Epštajn, Ana Knežević, Graça Rodrigues and Sonia Ribeiro, The Museum Of African Art, Belgrade
2021 New Era for Humanity, curated by Negarra A. Kumudu, Marvilla Art District & Movart Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Redirecting, curated by 229 Scribble, Tree Art Museum, Beijing, China
2020 Africa Universe II, Curated by Gallery team, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Departure, curated by Januario Jano, Jean-Claude Maier Gallery, Lisbon Portugal
London Grads Now (Flatten the dream: The exit), curated by Januario Jano, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Tomorrow: London (Online), curated by Hanna Gruy, WhiteCube Gallery, London, UK
Begin Again (Online), curated by Ellie Pennick, Guts Gallery, London, UK Public Notice: an Exhibition, curated by Holly Pollard and Kira Waistein, Public Spaces, London, UK
Leap of faith, curated by Miguel Mesquita, No-No Art Gallery, Lisbon,
2019 Taxidermia do Futuro, curated by Paula Nascimento and Bruno Leitão, National Museum of Natural History, Luanda, Angola
Africa Universe 1, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Africa Now! curated by Stelva Artist in Residency, Moca-Brescia, Italy
2015 Unorthodox, curated by Jens Hoffman and Kelly Taxter, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

Selected Art Fairs:
2024 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, NYC
2021 June Art Fair, Basel – Solo presentation
2019 ARTISSIMA, Turin, Italy – Solo presentation
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
BEIRUT Art Fair, Beirut, Lebon
ARCO LISBOA, Lisbon, Portugal
MIART, Milan, Italy
AKAA, Paris, France
2018 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town – Solo presentation

Selected Projects:
2023 São Paulo Biennale, Brasil
2022 Ozangé: Biennial Of African Photography, Spain
2021 Poldra, Sculpture Park, Viseu, Portugal
Vantage Point, Sharjah Foundation – EAU
2020, Johannesburg, South Africa
BMA Lab: Masterclass, Braga Media Arts, Braga, Portugal
alk – Gnration, Braga, Portugal
2018 Dakar Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal
2017 Luanda Triennial, Luanda – Angola
Lagos Art Biennial, Lagos – Nigeria
2014 Africa Now by Design Indaba, curated by Paula de Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Residencies:
2024 Artica – Svalbard, Norway – Residency
2022 The Deveron Projects – Huntly, Scotland – Residency
2019 (WFY) World Youth Forum, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
2017 Hangar CIA – 180 Artists of the South, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian
Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)- London
The Marino Golinelli Collection – Italy
Taguchi Art Collection – Japan
Damian Grieder Collection – Switzerland
Economic Bank of Angola – Angola
BFA Bank Angola Collection – Angola
Portuguese National Archive – Portugal
Fondation Blachere – France
FAS Collection – Portugal

The Queen Sonja Print Award, Oslo, Norway
The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Cape Town, South Africa
LAGUNA ART PRIZE, Business for Art, Venice, Italy

Selected Publications and Reviews:
The Open Veins Of Postcolonial
The Essence of Water