Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where, as of an early age she demonstrated artistic abilities and passion for the arts. Towards the end of her adolescence, she came to Portugal, where she currently lives in the city of Faro.
PhD in Multicultural Education by the University of Huelva (Spain). Her line of research is linked to the Creative Process in which she constructed the Creative Process Evaluation Scale. Her research on the creative process was conducted over several years through interviews with creative individuals linked to various branches of artistic creativity in Portugal and in Cambodia, where she lived for a year doing her research.
Master in Intercultural Education, she defended the thesis: Cultural Influences in the Drawings of High School Visual Art Students at the University of Huelva (Spain).
She graduated in Communication Design from the University of Algarve (Portugal), and her Bachelor of Design is from the same university.
Professor of Visual Arts with a wide experience in teaching at various levels of education from university to secondary and basic education. She taught at various educational institutions both in Portugal and abroad.
Visual Artist since 2006, year in which she created her acronym Kwadalayo, which emerged from her South African roots. In Zulu, “KWA” means “The Place” and “DALA” means “Creative”. By joining the two we obtain Kwadalayo, which means “The Creative Place”.
Active member of PAS – Peace and Art Society (International Art Association).
She has participated in dozens of solo and collective exhibits, locally and abroad, and her art works are part of national and international private collections. Her artwork is very diverse.
She has carried out numerous creative works, with youth groups of all ages, creating diverse art works of large dimensions such as painted murals/graffiti, mosaic murals, tile panels, sculptures in various materials, installations, etc. including workshops.
The promotion of the Arts, among the youth, is an important and recurring issue for her.