Giulia Cavallo


Anthropologist & Illustrator


I’m Italian, and since 2007 I live in Lisbon, Portugal, that is now my home.
I have a degree in Philosophy but in 2001, during my studies, I felt in love with Africa and I decided to dedicate my professional career to African Studies.

Between 2005 and 2007 I lived in Maputo, Mozambique, where I worked as volunteer in International Cooperation.
In 2007 I left Maputo and moved to Lisbon, and in 2013 I completed a PhD in Anthropology, with a dissertation on healing practices among Zion churches in Maputo, Mozambique (reference: http://repositorio.ul.pt/bitstream/).

During my whole life, since childhood, I have always drawn and painted.
In the last years, I had the chance to make some public exhibitions between Portugal, Spain and Italy, working on the memory of the places and urban landscapes, as anthropology has always influenced my illustrations.

Now, I’m working on a new direction.
I am finally drawing on my personal ethnographic data collected in Maputo (Mozambique) and in Lisbon during these years, following the current of the ethnography-based art (references: http://www.visualanthropology.net/?p=831).
I also work on children illustrations, writing and illustrating stories for children.