Thursday Salute to Originals: Vile Transparency
Portuguese graffiti artist breaks through walls with a signature transparency effect.
Street artist Rodrigo Miguel Sepúlveda Nunes, also known as Vile, has been spray painting graffiti art since he was just 14 years old. The now 34-year-old street artist has a unique, raw talent for creating optical illusions that put a literal hole in graffiti-style letters.
The artist’s signature technique uses his street name, Vile, to “carve-out” transparent letters into rocks, walls, and architecture. Often painted on side of abandoned buildings, the artist’s intricate work depicts what passersby could only imagine lies on the other side of their walls.
Scenes of disheveled classrooms, overgrown vines and even pits of toxic waste appear true-to-life. More than a street feature in Portugal, Nunes’ work has also been featured by international brands like OPEL, TMN, Worten, and the Portuguese Red Cross.