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Vitó draws an interview for ISSA

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.

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