Can you tell us your story so far?
My story? ...my fathers are artists, I’ve learned to work with wood, iron, stone, fiberglass and other materials, but none of them challenge me in the same way this plastic fragments do.
I’ve done a lot of different things, and ended up as a professional "percebes" catcher and fisherman for many years. I’ve chosen this way of life because working in a closed space wasn't for me and I need to be close to the sea, rocks and cliffs.
For many years I saw and did a lot of bad things to the sea.
In 2016, during the Christmas time, I took my sons to our local beach to pick up objects (trash) to make Christmas presents for the family.
The walks to the beach became daily and my life changed and xicogaivota was born.
The transformation was so big that a shy guy that loves to be alone on a remote beach and didn't want any kind of fuzz around, started to share his life and art with thousands of children and adults around the world.
I’ve been in Moçambique, Cabo Verde e São Tomé spreading my knowledge, art and cleaning beaches.
This is my story!