The Super Van


It’s Wednesday and as usual it’s the day where we do our artist portrait. Today we wanted to talk about Vanessa Teodoro a Portuguese Lisbon based artist, born in South Africa. She is an illustrator and street artist with a background experience in advertising and graphic design. She is currently in China for an art residency.


Her characters are born from her everyday life influences such as graffiti, tattoos, african patterns and comic books. She especially likes painting strong female icons and witty colorful pieces with a lot of detail and movement.


Her style is defined by a complex battle between graphic patterns, figurative elements and strong colors, all with a touch of chaos and humor. She can do either very colorful work or minimalistic black and white lay out.


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Today we talk about a worldwide known Portuguese artist, Pantonio (or Antonio Correia). Born in 1975 in Azores, he already left his mark in many countries of the planet. His style is very recognizable, always using black and blue representing mainly animals or chimeras. He has a real graphic signature.


The origin of his name is diverse:

– Pantomime [pan-tuh-mahym] the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, feelings, by gestures without words.
– Pan- prefix (Greek πᾶν) “all”, “of everything”, “involving all members” of a group).
– Panta Rhei : concept in the philosophy of Heraclitus (Socratic Greek philosopher) everything flows, meaning that everything is constantly changing, from the smallest grain of sand to the stars in the sky.
– Pan – in Greek mythology the god of woods, fields, and flocks.

The choice of his color palette comes directly from his island: blue like the ocean, white like the clouds and black like the volcanic stone.

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The wall he made in the 13th arrondissement of Paris is still one of the biggest of Europe!

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If you got any picture collected from his pieces around the world, share it with us using our #lisbonstreetarttours  ; )


Wednesday wall of fame!
We announced it on our facebook page on Monday, now we reveal you the artist of the week: Concreto from Columbia. Maybe you already noticed the stenciled faces in the streets of Lisbon (one is in Bairro Alto)?


Who are you? Where are you from? Your artistic resume?
I am Concreto, I am a urban artist-graphic designer. I was born in Colombia, and I have lived in Madrid for a little more than 1 year.

What is your work about? 
I seek to show animals, Aboriginal or African figures and scenes, their daily life, and how they are influenced by consumerism, slavery and conditions outside their culture, but not in a negative way. The colors, geometries and sometimes the typographies are mixed in my illustrations and on the walls to give a more graphic value to what I do.



When and how did you start to share your work in the streets?
My first wall was completed in 2009 when my cousin invited me to paint something fast in the streets. I remember painting some hands with eyes, but the same day it rained, and we were unable to take a photo.

Where do you paint? How do you use the space in addition to your work?
I like to paint in the streets whenever I can. It does not always allow me to earn money, so I combine it with my work as a freelance graphic designer to be able to do it frequently.



What memorable responses have you had to your work? Which wall are you most proud of?
I have participated in several festivals and grants that have allowed me to paint and spread what I do in different parts of the world. I usually like what I paint, then I see the pictures and see a thousand errors. Recently, I have dedicated myself completely to painting, so I’m still in the process of finding the wall that I feel proud of. I really like one of the last I painted titled “a free child” that could be my favorite work. I also painted “macondo” with the collective ums, the biggest wall of Bogota Colombia in 2015, which is a style that I do not handle so much, but it helped to recover an abandoned and violent area. Thanks to this wall, many doors were opened for me to continue in this dream.

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Wednesday wall of fame!


Today we will talk about a German artist from Hamburg, Tona. He is the specialist of kids paste up spread around the world and there are many of them in the streets of Lisbon. He is involved in the street art scene since 99 (graffiti) and started stencils in 2002, silkscreen and linocut in 2008.


In a world that often seems to be unfair, mean and brutal and people are blinkered, TONA wants to confront us to this distorted perception with a dreamy, sensual and emotional perspective. Inspired by the children he crossed during his travels, he creates colorful paste ups. 21741258_1629621400434218_6636945272072444428_o

“Unlike elsewhere in the street art world, which probably works more with criticism and irony, the motive of the artist is to deconstruct the viewers „ordinary“ perceptions and to give them inner peace, joy and a smile. By means of this, mostly temporary art in public space, we, as the viewer, if we allow it, feel a transformation of the world around us and our own consciousness.”


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Jotapê Pax

Wednesday wall of fame!

Monday we shared with you a quick preview of the work made by Jotapê Pax in the city of Lisbon. It is a final stop of his Europe trip and he left us such a nice souvenir. We took advantage of his presence in the city to ask him a few questions.

Who are you? Where are you from? Artistic curriculum?
Hello, I’m Jotapê Pax, Brazilian based in Porto Alegre. I started to paint on the streets 17 years ago, in 2000. During this time I made 4 individual exhibitions – two of them in my city (2010 and 2017), one in Rio de Janeiro (2011) and one in Barcelona (2011). I participated in several festivals around the world like Manifesto (Toronto 2010), Meeting of Styles Athens (2012) and Biennal of Graffiti fine Art (São Paulo – Brazil) and also collective exhibitions and other projects of urban art in Singapore, France, Spain, Lithuania and Chile.


What’s your work about?
I believe my work reveals my interest in primitive art. Since I began to scribble I wanted to know how the primitive man left the marks in the caves. After that, the inscriptions on the streets made with spray, in Brazil called “pixação” intrigued my desire to make my own mark in the streets. after some time what caught my attention were the African sculptures, Egyptian art and drawings of the Mayan civilizations.

I believe that the proposal of my work is to merge all my life experiences, visual and anthropological. Whether during a canvas painting or creating a new mural on the street.

When and how come you decide to share your work in the streets?
I started doing some things in my neighbourhood, living in a simple neighbourhood near the center of the city where there was a lot of intervention in the streets. I started spontaneously and began to see it as a way of communicating and making friends.
As I had reference in comics, initially I copied the drawings of my favorite personages and little by little I was finding my own style that defined my personality. When I thought I could spread what I did on paper in the streets, I created courage and made my first play. This was in late 1999, I was 16 years old.


How would you define the places you choose and how your work adds to it?
Usually I look for places where I believe they need better use or buildings where there are null or forgotten spaces. For example, an abandoned lot, or the wall of a building without windows and without life. In this way I draw the attention of the population. This is a way to improve the public space and still leave a free art work for the public, who often do not have time or money to visit museums and galleries.

How would you describe your style?
I believe my work is constantly evolving. Every day I learn new things and I insert in my painting process. Urban art gives me this freedom. Being in the streets, in the galleries or doing commissioned jobs have different points of view and forms of suitability. For me, they are all different ways of doing the same thing. My work first of all has an inner proposal, a personal need to abstract the problems of the world and let me think light. I have found a way to lead my life by doing what I love, and that defines my work today.


Thank you Jota for your time and effort and we hope you join us soon again in Lisbon for another – and maybe even bigger wall  ; )

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Wednesday wall of fame!
Remember we talked about it on our FB page a few days ago, here is the answer about who is Kamlaurene 🙂
They are a couple of artist from Paris that started painting in 2012 and began to past in the streets in 2014. Since the beginning and as always, all their pieces are acrylic-painted by hand, they are all unique and never reproduced.
They give life to golden characters in the streets because they want to create a meeting between actual citizens of europeans cities and their over-technologic developed humans (the black eyes could represent a “supervision”, integrated zoom, night mode, etc.). The golden skin is related to rareness and preciosity. The streets allow an interaction for free, it’s a sharing that they are interested in, combined with the perception of real people is often different.
Regarding their style, they consider themselves “just” as traditional painters (with acrylic painting and brushes), therefore their approach is naïve and brut with a big focus on the colors especially, that are a permanent research for them.
Recently, they exhibited a solo show at the galerie le cabinet d’amateur in Paris and also participated in a caritative auction led by Artcurial for the Secours Populaire at Agnès b. galerie.


Wednesday wall of fame!

Today we introduce you to a Portuguese duo 2upla, created in 2016 by the artists @brunogiao and @lucianosilvantes.


Two artists from Lisbon, born in 1992 who met in primary school and from the beginning stayed good friends. Their first contact with graffiti happened by the age of ten, exploring abandoned buildings and unfinished houses.


For them, graffiti and street art come hand to hand, they can be mixed, they can cohabit and they can produce new concepts. Influenced by their studies in architecture and design they keep exploring new territories. Their work is a combination of objects, colors and shapes, including body parts like fingers, ears…

more info and pics on their FB page



Not so long ago we had the pleasure to meet up with a jazzmusician in heart and soul all the way from Belgium. Besides his musical vibes, he thought it was time for something new… Although from a very young age he got acquainted with the art of (oil)painting, it is only the last 4years that sprayart became another kind of way to present his animalistic view on the world.

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The interruptions in his creations aim to create a perfect fit for the piece to be perceived. Although it is he who learned all the tricks of the trade by himself and also inspired by the big artists accidentally surrounding him, like another great Belgian street artist called ROA.

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Spending time in Ghent as well as Berlin, maybe Lisbon might become his next destination to experiment even more. He arrived here together with the organizing crew of the Wallin’ collective, a Belgian organization aimed at highlighting the artistic value of arts in the streets, maybe it be pure graffiti or pure street art. But also to create an exchange of talent beyond boarders. Which resulted – in the case of CEE PIL – some wonderful big pieces in Loures, Montepio as well as one near the airport.


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If you got any picture collected from his pieces around the world, share it with us using our #lisbonstreetarttours  ; )



This week we wanna present you an Italian collective: Guerrilla Spam.


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They focus their attention on social matters, specially the relationship between citizens and public spaces.


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As the name suggest, their artistic actions are guerrilla acts in urban spaces: they fight against our economic system that turns art into merchandise and urban landscapes into marketing field.


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In order to awake individuals’ consciousness on these contemporary problems, they occupy publicity’s spaces, covering advertisements with their drawings.


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Guerrilla Spam criticizes the commercialization of art; involving in the same time the artist’s figure in this critical vision, suggesting to resize the ego…!


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Do you wanna know more about this interesting group?

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This week we will introduce you to an ancient tradition from Portugal with influences from all over the world wrapped up into a new package!


In 2015, Joana came up with a project during her master degree of Arts & Design in Public Space. This project got the name «Preencher Vazios» (filling up the empty spaces).

It started as a project to create more awareness about those façades of houses in cities like Porto and Lisbon. Mainly the empty spaces left behind due to an increasing loss of those azulejos, the typical ceramic tiles. The preservation of those tiles, of which some are already more than a 100y old is one of the pillars that have launched this project.

But this artistic intervention also aims to draw attention to the smaller details surrounding us all in our everyday lives. And to amaze the people passing by with something new and something different from their usual routes. Not only the patterns and the colours – that resemble the existing tiles – but also the small fragments of Portuguese poetry aim to awaken our senses.


Besides the whole historical aspect as well as the dynamics that further evolve the use of materials and tradition, Preencher vazios organizes workshops to do-it-yourself and stimulate an azulejo-movement! Check out her online media to follow up on the next intervention !


Thank you Joana for your words to introduce us into your tiles-world as well as in creating possibilities to design our own tiles and support this old tradition !! For anyone interested in supporting this project as well as in creating or buying any gadget (from totebags to little booklets to personalized azulejos…) you can contact her directly:


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© pics by Joana Abreu (Preencher Vazios)