Serafim Yssolo: Life on Scraps


February 23 – May 17, 2024

Opening Reception: March 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

LA Arts Presents Works by Contemporary Angolan Artist Serafim Yssolo

In honor of Black History month, LA Arts is announcing its first gallery exhibition of 2024 featuring Angolan visual artist, Serafim S. Yssolo, formerly known as Serafim Serlon. The show entitled “Life on Scraps,” runs from February 23 – May 17, 2024. A rising talent in the world of Angolan contemporary art, this will be Yssolo’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 15 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at LA Arts, 168 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME.

Yssolo, a self-taught artist born in Moxico, a province of Angola in Africa, has developed a unique artistic identity deeply rooted in his early years as a graffiti artist. His works have been shown in solo and collective exhibitions in Africa and Portugal and have delighted viewers, gaining attention for their distinctive style and mixed media techniques, including oil and acrylic on layered canvas and the use of recycled materials. 

Harnessing multiple artistic expressions, Yssolo creates vibrant, engaging pieces that exude energy and joy. His evocative work and accompanying prose (presented in both English and Portuguese), captivates viewers and invites them to enjoy a rich art experience.  

Photo by Harold Strout

Serafim Segunda Yssolo as born on September 17, 1992, in the city of Luena, capital of the province of Moxico. He studied at the Instituto Médio Industrial de Luanda (IMIL), specializing as a draftsman.

He completed his training in art in 2005, at the Escola Vocacional de Artes Plásticas (EVA), in the municipality of Viana. (Angola Newspaper)

View Serafim Yssolo’s

Exhibition Portfolio

Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at

Located at 168 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, the LA Arts Gallery presents six exhibitions throughout the year that reflect and honor the Twin Cities community. Exhibiting artists generally have ties to LA or to Maine. 

With each show, LA Arts aims to bring individuals and groups together to strengthen our community through shared experiences and deeper cultural understanding.

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