Viseu is famous for its rich historical heritage, along with a unique gastronomy and outstanding wines. But there’s more to it! Old buildings, once abandoned or somehow forgotten, are now bursting with life and colour thanks to the creative work of several street artists who were invited by the municipality to leave their incredible mark in the city.The motto of the street art interventions in Viseu was the wine, since Viseu is the heart of Dão wine region, known for its remarkable wines that seduce wine lovers from all over the globe.
Check out the beautiful inspiring works of AKA Corleone (Balsa quarter and Catholic University), BASIK (Rua Serpa Pinto), Daniel Eime (Avenida primary school), Fidel Évora (Rua Capitão Silva Pereira), Frederico Draw (Rua do Hilário), Kruella d’Enfer (Balsa quarter), Lord Mantraste (Viseu bus station), Mariana, a miserável (Largo Pintor Gata – Cathedral quarter), Mário Belém (Rua dos Loureiros), Mesk (Viseu bus station)!
This street artist has made 2 interventions in Viseu. The first one (2015) was carried out in Balsa quarter and his work was very cherished by local community. The work was named “Balsa City” by the inhabitants, deeply engaged in his artistic interventions. The second work (2016) can be seen in a bridge that connects two buildings of the Catholic University in Viseu.
Born in Italy, this artist works and lives in Rimini. Considered by specialized magazine Aelle one of Italy’s most influential “graffiti writers”, BASIK combines oil painting techniques, Medieval themes and spray painting. Inspired by Grão Vasco, his eye-catching work is deeply moving.
Born in 1986 in Caldas da Rainha, Daniel Eime is the master of stencil art. Inspired by expressive human faces, some of his most impressive works depicting Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and fado singer Carlos do Carmo can be seen in Graça quarter in Lisbon. In 2016, he opened his first individual exhibition: MOVE. His work can be seen in Avenida primary school in Viseu.
Born in 1984 in Cape Verde, Fidel Évora began his career as an advertiser in Lisbon and in Barcelona. He has two magazines Artaq Bookzine and Musabook (From Portugal to Everywhere) of his own. His street art works can be seen around the globe.
Deeply inspired by human expressions, this artist born in Porto has left two interventions in Viseu. The first one was carried out in 2015, consisting of a beautiful woman carrying grapes in her hands. The second one can be seen in the municipal quarter. Frederico Draw is also the artistic director of PUTRICA – Temporary Urban Proposals of Artistic and Cultural Intervention and Rehabilitation. The main goal of this projects consists of renewing urban spaces.
Ângela Ferreira is a visual artist and an illustrator known in the street art world as Kruella d’Enfer. Her creative works are fueled by imaginary beings and ancestral myths and legends in a lively symphony of colour and huge shapes. In Viseu, her work can be contemplated in Balsa City, along with AKA Corleone’s amazing artistic intervention.
Bruno Reis Santos aka Lord Mantraste claims that he wants to be Our Lady of Illustration. Born in 1988 in Caldas da Rainha, Lord Mantraste is the proud son of an hairdresser and a shepherd. Inspired by nature and childhood memories, his book cover of J. G. Ballard’s “High Rise” was considered the best illustration and design cover in 2015. His work can be seen in the bus station of Viseu.
Mariana, a miserável
Born in 1986 in Leiria, Mariana dreamed of being a flower shop owner. This artist studied Graphic Design and participates in many illustration projects. Her work in Viseu is beautifully placed at the heart of the historical centre, depicting an hungry grape-eating woman. But the grapes are men-shaped characters!
“Don’t forget to be happy”. This is the powerful motto of the work of Mário Belém in Viseu. This graphic designer, born in Lisbon, also worked as a cartoonist and an advertiser. Nowadays, Mário Belém has returned to handmade drawing, his greatest passion, inspired by a mural in Lisbon. Along with André Ribeiro and Juan Carmona he founded “thestudio”.
Gustavo Teixeira aka Mesk loves to draw and to engage in new artistic techniques. In 2001 the artist began to work with cartoons and graffiti-related experiences and has never stopped since then. In 204 he joins the CMK crew, allowing him to explore his creative passion for graffiti and spray cans!