A chaotic fun soul that inspires the world around him with his art-Freta NGO

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

When you ask his friends, they will tell you: when you go with him on the street you feel like moving with the president, everyone knows him, he greets everyone!

His art and appearance are an inspiration to all of us.


A specific character, an interesting appearance, extremely honest and charming. Another of our artists, whose work we would predict a bright future for. Freddie deserves just the best! His art always provoke a reaction, no matter how it is but no one is indifferent. In my opinion, this is the most important thing, to be able to provoke emotion in every person. If you talk to people who know him, as soon as you mention his name you will notice a smile, followed by only nice words and telling crazy stories. His works adorn our gallery, and now his words will adorn my blog!


Why the nick name Freta NGO?NGO: Because all the surnames of my angolan ancestors ended on the syllable -ngo. And its also inside of the Name of the country "aNGOla".

Freta: Because i was searching for an alternative for Freddy that would Sound good together with Ngo.


Fredi's beggining:I started painting when I was around 3 Years old facing racism in Germany as a half-cast. I’m the son of a German father and an Angolan mother. My predetermined identity crisis made me painting psychoanalytical faces, choosing monsters and „ugly faces“ as subjects of my visual language, at the time when I still wasn’t able to express properly due to traumatizing experiences that made me stuttering and decelerating the process of learning how to speak.




We asked how he discovered his talent:My style was always kind of infantile, when people started making fun of me and saying I couldn’t paint I was striving more and more for realism. I was around 15/16 years old. Then I discovered Basquiat. Suddenly, works I did a few years before, seemed to be approved. I felt like something was telling me that I am on the right way. I always dedicated most of my time to portrait-paintings. Imaginary and self-analytical. The face as the mirror of the soul.


His motivation and inspiration:The aging visage of an old farmer from Alentejo. The facade of an abandoned nostalgic house and its emerging layers of faded colours. A homeless person dancing on the street. Those are the little things that inspire me. And then I am just waiting for motivation. Waiting for the energy to be converted into clumsy gestures and to depict my perishable memories on any surface I find. Fátima Spínola once compared the morphology of my sujets with organs. My art is brutal. Because life is brutal. Birth is painful. And saying goodbye to something or somebody also is often felt as unpleasant. Its not easy to face brutality. Humans tent to freeze or run away. But you get used to it after a while. You develop the capability to resist and to observe it in order to eternalize it one day in your art. The most unbearable moments of life will nourish glorious artworks. When you are almost about to jump naked on the street with a kalaschnikow in your hands. When you have nothing to lose. Then the time has come to start painting. If you sit in front of your canvas instead of burning down the whole world. Then you overcame the tragedy and moved on to the transition from self-destruction to catharsis.



Technique and working process:My method of working is more accidental. Usually I dont think and dont plan my future work, but let it just happen. Ideas come up spontaneusly. The moment when I start my visual thinking is the moment when the brush touches the canvas. It can happen that I plan it before, because i have concrete ideas. At the end, the majority of arrenged paintings end up being unfinished. 99% of my paintings are negro paintings. For me its like writing a dairy entry. When I start reviewing old memories (paintings) I remember emotions. I can tell if I was able to explain a situation or if lost control over communication.


Fred's opinion about art in Madeira:The island is too small for a characteristic art scene. Madeira is a place of transition. But there still exist great artists. The majority are immigrants or locals that studied abroad and returned one day. A lot of art that u find on Madeira is made for tourists. Its art that out of the artists financial necessities is made for the taste of northern european tourists that are searching to satisfy their dreams of the luso-tropical exotic. Furthermore, you will still find some rebellious avantgarde artist, appearing time by time in between the bust of Salazar and colonial monuments, resisting the “fofocas” and being surprisingly close to the Zeitgeist. History taught us Portuguese to be economical.





Hobbies and free time:How you spend your time? I was playing for a long time of my life in different bands. When I am bored of making music I make art. And when I am bored of making art I am making music.



At Artist´s place in Funchal

About the project arte de portas abertas:Yes I would like to participate in renewing the project after my stickers slowly vanished. I don’t want to give an opinion on what I think about the project. I have heard to many discussions about it.


Idols and goals:I was obsessed with Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Rainer Maria Rilke and recently with Basquiat. Now i am 21. I am not a child anymore. The time has come to move on and grow up. Eventually i am very busy with learning to be myself.


Future, plans, fears:I don´t see myself settled at a certain place. I am feeling more and more like a nomad. I don´t make plans. I enjoy the results of my unreflected decisions. Everything that happens is an accident.




at Art Center Caravel

AUTUMN. Oil on Canvas 60x40cm


JUNGLE PITH. Oil on Canvas 60x40cm


STILL LIFE WITH VINHO TINTO. Oil on Canvas 60x40cm

See more works by Freta NGO


Veronika Zhezhovska

ARTE.M artistic and cultural association