The Portuguese illustrator and street artist Vitor Julião aka Vito, speaks to ISSA of his life story. Beggining from a young age on his walls at home he evolved into to a high level illustrator working both inside and outdoors. His works feature strong and defined lines with a series of personalized characters and elements inspired by love.
-What you choose to drink? Coffee, Tea, Beer, Soda or something else?
Vitó: Beer… I’m a beer lover.
– Introduce yourself to us.
Vitó: “Vitó” Julião, I`m a Portuguese Illustrator/Street Artist, I live and work in Pinhal Novo a small town in the suburbs of Lisbon.
– Where does your tag name come from?
Vitó: My tag name comes from my first name “Vitor”. It’s the name everyone calls me since I was a kid.
–How do you define yourself? Artist? Street artist? Anything else?
Vitó: Im an illustrator and Street Artist.
– How did it all start for you, and what is it nowadays?
Vitó: As long as I remember I liked to draw, I scratched some walls from home in my childhood.
I was a few years without drawing and thanks to my younger brother and some friends I began to draw with greater regularity until I decided to become a freelance illustrator.
Then through other artists I had the opportunity to start painting murals and participating in some street art festivals. I currently work with some agencies in which I do digital illustration and workshops / team buildings.
It is always a pleasure to paint murals and see your drawing on the street on a large scale.
-What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Vitó: See my emails and write in a notebook ideas I had during the night.
-Street art is mostly a visually stimulating form of art. To add one more sense to it, what music would you pick to accompany your art work?
Vitó: To follow my work I would choose a song (acoustic version) about love / broken hearts like “Heart Hit” from Hills Have Eyes or “Midnight Calls” from More Than a Thousand.
-In all forms of art, inspiration is crucial. What is it that inspires you?
Vitó: What inspires me is love, friendship and the people that surround me.
-What is the hardest part while working on a piece of art?
Vitó: Usually the most complicated part in my work is relative to the choice of the color palette I’m going to use.
-Do you have an artist(s) you admire and what for?
Vitó: One of the artists I admire is Mário Belém, for the quality of his work, for the message he conveys and for his enormous talent.
-Which cities are the most inspiring for you?
Vitó: Oporto, Lisbon, London and Barcelona.
-What other passions do you have apart from art?
Vitó: I love a good dinner with friends, a good concert … and I love watching anime.
-Do you have a wild project that you dream of achieving some day?
Vitó: I would like to make a huge piece of wood with one of my characters.
-Tell us about your art, does it include symbolisms, messages or repeated patterns?
Vitó: Usually i use cute characters in my work. I try to convey feelings like love, passion, broken heart…
– How long time does a piece of art work of yours usually survive for?
Vitó: Most of my murals are intact.
-What do people first think of, or feel, when they see one of your works on the street?
Vitó: I hope people feel the message I’ve tried to pass.
-Do you have a secret you would like to share with us? 🙂
Vitó: The biggest secret I have is to have traveled to Iran for Love.
-What are your creative plans for the future?
Vitó: I hope in the future to make more murals and in different cities.
-Is there a specific thought or message you would like to pass to our audience out there?
Vitó: Follow Your Dreams! Don`t Give Up!
Thank you Vitó! It’s been great to get to know more about the mind and person behind such talented and inspiring works.
‘’I Support Street Art’’ team.