Kwame Sousa, one of the most influential contemporary visual artists in the international scene, was born in São Tomé and Príncipe (STP). He is a multidisciplinary artist who explores a wide range of media, techniques, and styles. His work has been exhibited at numerous exhibitions and galleries including: II Bienal de Arte in STP; Instituto Politécnico do Porto in Portugal; Bienal del SUR in Venezuela; the Droog Gallery in the Netherlands; the Venice Architecture Biennale; and the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa in Portugal. Kwame Sousa is the founder of the first independent art school in STP and has his own foundation: Fundação Mionga Vantxi. He also started Ateliê M, the first school of visual arts in São Tomé and Príncipe.