ARTURb 2023 > Invited Artist > Nuno Viegas (PT)
Nuno Viegas, also known as Metisone, is a Portuguese artist born in Faro (1985) and raised in Quarteira. Founder of the art collective Policromia Crew, he started his artistic journey through graffiti in 1999.
After completing his studies in Visual Arts at the University of Algarve he moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands, (2014) where he discovered a new artistic identity and began to develop his paintings strongly influenced by the graffiti movement. This has been the focus of the artist’s production and his greatest source of inspiration. Nuno presents us with a contrast between the visually aggressive and sometimes dirty reality of traditional graffiti and its peaceful and clean representation in his works. The approach of this theme is a continuous tribute to all those who dedicate part of their lives to this movement. Graffiti Writers who keep graffiti real and alive at a time when the definition of graffiti tends to get distorted and mixed up with Street Art. In 2016 Nuno worked with Street Art Today in Amsterdam which launched the artist into the Street Art scene, quickly catching the attention of Urban Nation Berlin – Museum of Contemporary Urban Art.
Over the following years the artist worked with Yasha Young Projects, Graffiti Prints and Thinkspace Gallery and now we can see his work expanding across murals and art institutions around the world always aiming to improve and move towards his dream – Signing the moon.
At the end of 2019, Nuno returns to his hometown Quarteira in Portugal, where he is currently based. In 2021 Nuno Viegas starts developing projects with Underdogs Gallery, the main Portuguese gallery dedicated to Contemporary Urban Art, which became its representative in Portugal.