Mafalda Vasconcelos, born in South Africa but raised in Mozambique, uses art as a way of exploring her biracial identity and the cultural influences in her life.

The inspiration behind Mafalda's work is symbolism and spiritualism based in her Mozambican culture. She portrays the Mozambican women who have raised her and inspire her every day, like her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

The artworks she creates are based on souls rather than real human figures, representing her ancestors from the Nharinga people of Mozambique. The stylised and symbolic features suggest human form and express strong emotions and the transportation of energy.

The colourful geometrical shapes and symbols are a language that Mafalda has developed through exploring different visual elements in art and in her own diverse background. | @mmvce