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Urban Art Route
Mário Belém is 42 years old, was born in Lisbon and lives in Carcavelos. He has a degree in Graphic Design from Ar.Co., he worked as a graphic designer but he became renowned as a commercial illustrator. In 2015, he abandoned his commercial career to devote himself entirely to personal projects.
Sérgio 'Odeith' was born in 1976, in Damaia. In the mid-1980s, he used, for the first time, a paint can. In the mid-1990s, he had his first contact with graffiti. Having no degree or training, he is a self-taught artist. After several years painting murals under "Eith", in 2003, he created the "Odeith” signature. In 2005, he started his path to international recognition, as a result of his innovative pieces using the anamorphosis technique.
Authentic compositions of huge bugs or objects, painted in abandoned spaces, went viral and stood out for their realism and technique.
Miguel Caeiro, or Ram (Sintra, 1976), has been active since he started his clandestine interventions on the streets in 1997. A precursor of experimental graffiti and urban art, he has trod a singular path in the construction of an original language in the world of new urban aesthetics. His colourful energetic and dynamically shaped explosions come close to contemporary action painting imbued with psychedelic visionary perspective, in a line of intense vitality that expresses the construction of ethereal realities.
Ivo Santos, or Smile (Lisbon, 1985), was interested in drawing from a very young age. But it was through two cousins that that interest became a passion. In the 1990s, he found his love of Hip-Hop culture, embracing graffiti as the path to follow. His art is identifiable essentially due to his photo-realistic paintings. He is currently the chairman of ACUParte, a cultural association aimed at promoting and boosting Urban Culture across the country, through experimentation, innovation and development in visual, performing and sound arts.
Tamara Alves (Portimão, 1983) is a Portuguese artist working out of Lisbon. Inspired by urban life, she uses versatile mediums – from painting to illustration, from tattoos to street art. Her work represents the erotic vision of a contemporary body with the effects of its own limits expanded. Instead of rational thought, there is raw passion, a body without organs, an animal undergoing transformation, experienced sensations.