Falço was born in the midst of the 16 year Mozambican civil war. With a rebel uncle that was a soldier of the Resistance, he was exposed to weapons even before he could read or write. During those 16 years, over one million Mozambicans were killed in the fighting or starved due to interrupted food supplies. Falço’s friends were part of the statistics.
In response, rather than take up arms and fire bullets, he joined the resistant forces with a different set of weapons: acrylic paint, canvas, and brushes.
“We chose to fight the intellectual rebellion, sticking it to our oppressors through expression in the form of large art displays and poignant creative messaging. You may be able to temporarily change a man’s perspective by means of a gun to his head, however, it takes art to open up that man’s perspective and change his outlook forever.”