Graffiti artist Rodrigo Miguel Sepúlveda Nunes, better known as Vile, leaves his mark all around Europe using nothing but spray cans. Vile has mastered the art of creating illusions with graffiti, an art style he has been practicing since he was merely fourteen years old. The artist creates ‘transparent’ graffiti – he pokes holes and cracks in walls using his spray cans – the best of his work always leading to the result in his nom de plume.
Vile’s graffiti can be found on walls of abandoned and inhabited buildings. At a glance it’s not apparent that murals have been painted across the walls; the mind is tricked into believing that the walls have cavities. Behind these perceived cavities, life thrives. Here the interior of a building, there a galaxy – the cracks in each wall tell a story. But as you get closer, the eyes and the mind are disillusioned.
With the ‘transparent’ graffiti, the other side of the walls are ‘exposed’. Even though Vile has been practicing graffiti for many years now, his courses in animation and illustration have helped him immensely to focus on the details. The hardest part is, without a doubt, choosing the right color palette for his murals. All the magic of the illusion lies in picking the right color scheme. Clearly, it takes a lot of patience and acumen to make the decision, and to create the convincing illusions.
It looks like Vile haa carved his name with a laser to expose what lies beyond.
Vile lives in his hometown, Vila Franca de Xira. When he’s not busy leaving his mark on walls, he can be found making wonderful portraits.
Vile’s talent is not under-appreciated. He has participated in events such as the “Almarte – Street Arts Festival” in Almodôvar, “Meeting of Styles” – International Urban Art Festival in Germany, “Azure Festival” in the Azores and “Estoril Conferences, global challenges, local answers” in the Centro of Estoril Congresses. On his instagram handle, his breathtaking work has gathered over a hundred thousand followers.
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