He completed his studies in photojournalism at the London College of Communication (LCC) in 2007 and subsequently attended the documentary photography course at the University of Wales, Newport, until 2008. Chagas’s work has since developed a more introspective focus beyond the standards of photojournalism. Exhibitions include the 2nd Luanda Triennial, Angola, 2010; SP-Arte 2011, São Paulo, Brazil; the MABAXA project in Luanda, Angola and RAVY – Rencontre d’Arts Visuels, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, both in 2012. In 2011 he also took part in a workshop in Ethiopia, invited by the German organisation GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, which culminated in various exhibitions, in 2012 at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany, the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa and later in Angola.
This year, Edson’s work was part of the exhibition NO FLY ZONE Unlimited Mileage with a group of five other Angolan contemporary artists at Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal. Also in 2013, Edson Chagas has participated in a group exhibition entitled “Landscapes” at A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy. Edson Chagas lives and works in Luanda, combining his artistic work with the job of image editor for the Angolan newspaper Expansão, where he has worked for the past two and a half years. More than “portraying” reality or what that means for a large audience, Edson Chagas is interested in social issues and the relationship between time and space; his work can be considered abstract, but without disregarding a social context.