Francisco Santos

Francisco Santos

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Francisco José Ribeiro Lopes dos Santos, known mainly as Francisco Santos (born May 17, 1962, in Luanda, Angola) is an Angolan/Portuguese multi-talent artist with many names and faces. As Francisco Lopes Santos he is likely to be known as a swimmer. Art enthusiasts may know him as the visual artist Xesko, lovers of poetry as Elias Karipande, fantasy and science fiction fans as Alan J. Banta. As a writer, published in English and Portuguese.

As a sportsman represented Angola in swimming at the 1980 Summer Olympics (Men's 100 m Breaststroke).

He also represented his country in other international games, including the Algiers 1978 All-Africa Games, the Moscow 1979 Seventh USSR Summer Spartakiade and the Mexico 1979 Summer Universiade.


Xesko's parents (who were Portuguese) had immigrated to Angola in 1959, and he grew up immersed in the African quarters (musseques) of Luanda.CARMO, Fernando Infante do, (2003). Anuário Internacional de Arte 2003, Lisboa: F.I. Carmo.

Since very young, he was dedicated to the Arts and Sports. He began writing at 14 years old and painting at 16 (watercolours and Chinese Ink). In that time, he had published some short stories and poems in several magazines and newspapers.

In the secondary School, were a Founder and Publisher of the Magazine "The...
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