Cassi Namoda

WORDS BY Mathias Bennett. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASSI NAMODA. ISSUE 00. JUNE 2022.


The Mozambican-born artist, who lives between the Berkshires and East Hampton, travelled frequently as a child and continues to travel today because of her rich cross-cultural experience. Her paintings are like a beautiful story of the places she visits. They may seem like simple paintings, but they are meticulous and studied portraits with complex narratives. Namoda creates scenes that represent both the rural and the urban.

Her landscapes immerse us in a tropical atmosphere, where she focuses especially on the daily activities of the subjects of those scenes. And she does it in a personal and timeless way, like the photographs we see on the following pages. In a brief conversation about her travels, she told us:

“I think life inspires the work - a sensitivity. Place is secondary. The portraits and landscapes I paint are not always known. I think narrative is important, which comes through a creative and colourful inner world.”

We contacted Cassi and asked her to send us photos taken by herself or someone very close to her. She told us that she was traveling between South Africa, Brussels and Paris. At Piece with Artist (PWA) we found it interesting to...

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Cassi Namoda

WORDS BY Mathias Bennett. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASSI NAMODA. ISSUE 00. JUNE 2022.


The Mozambican-born artist, who lives between the Berkshires and East Hampton, travelled frequently as a child and continues to travel today because of her rich cross-cultural experience. Her paintings are like a beautiful story of the places she visits. They may seem like simple paintings, but they are meticulous and studied portraits with complex narratives. Namoda creates scenes that represent both the rural and the urban.

Her landscapes immerse us in a tropical atmosphere, where she focuses especially on the daily activities of the subjects of those scenes. And she does it in a personal and timeless way, like the photographs we see on the following pages. In a brief conversation about her travels, she told us:

“I think life inspires the work – a sensitivity. Place is secondary. The portraits and landscapes I paint are not always known. I think narrative is important, which comes through a creative and colourful inner world.”

We contacted Cassi and asked her to send us photos taken by herself or someone very close to her. She told us that she was traveling between South Africa, Brussels and Paris. At Piece with Artist (PWA) we found it interesting to contrast a few of these photographs with some of her work. It may be that the contrasted photographs and paintings have no direct relationship, such as place or date, but we can see a firm relationship between the scenes in her paintings and her daily experiences as a source of inspiration.

We were born twins in Maputo, Mozambique October 22nd 1988 to Ivette Maria da Conceição, an ode, 2021.
Sasha And Zamani’s Fruitful Earth, 2019.
Mussiro Women, Ilha do Ibo, 2020.
The joy of living, outweighs misery and sorrow, 2020.
A Long Windy Path With Family And Friends In Namacurra, 2019.

Piece with Artist MAGAZINE ISSUE 00. JUNE 2022. © www.piecewithartist.com

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