Nunca is a Brazilian “grafiteiro” artist who uses a graffiti technique to create images that confront modern urban Brazil with its native past. His “tag” Nunca (“Never” in Portuguese) is an affirmation of his determination not to be bound by cultural or psychological constraints – “Nunca para as limitações culturais e mentais”. Nunca’s works are described as narratives that tell often complex stories. Significant features of his art are a critical figurativism, the use of the city as a dynamic medium and an absence of the “pop art” influences characteristic of the mainstream of graffiti art.Despite international recognition his work has come under criticism at home in Brazil because of the alleged betrayal of his cultural roots and philosophy that his gallery work and commercial design commissions represent.
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