After 1981 he worked full-time as an artist, exhibiting throughout Africa, and is in the collection of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.
In addition, executing the FRELIMO and UNESCO murals and a large mural in the stairwell of the original Africa Centre, London in King Street, Covent Garden. He was a founder of the Mozambican Peace Movement and awarded the Nachingwea Medal for his Contribution to Mozambican Culture, and was made a Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique.
In 1997 he was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and received a Prince Claus Award. He was awarded a degree honoris causa by the University of Évora in 2010.
He died at the age of 74, on 5 January 2011 in Matosinhos, northern Portugal, after a long illness.