Mr. Dheo


By Vincent Morgan |  Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Mr.Dheo is from Portugal. Interview, graffiti, travels, characters and colors.

FC: Where are you from? What’s your background?

I’m a 23 year old portuguese writer, born and raised in Gaia - Porto, in the north side of the country.


FC: What was the interest in art and what lead you to create all those things?

I started scribing really early, when I was about 3 years old. By that time I was copying every font I could find in newspapers and magazines even though I didn’t know what I was writing obviously. During my childhood drawing was my addiction but honestly I was not really an expert, never was. But I did it everywhere and almost everyday. The thing is I have always rejected the idea of atending art schools because I just don’t identify myself with art teaching. The idea of having someone telling me that there are rules that I should follow to do my own thing does not work for me and to be honest being really good was never part of my plans. I never took Art that serious, I just wanted to have fun.



Mr dheo graffiti from Portugal



FC: How would you define your work and what inspires you?
I define myself as an auto-didatic and my work is just the consequence of what I’ve explained you in my last answer. It’s almost imposible to have a unique style though but I have things that turn my work into a different one I guess, at least I try to. I’m always searching for fresh stuff that I can add to what I’m doing. I hate to be stuck in one thing so in these 8 years of graff I did many different letter and character styles. Nowadays I’m working in a realistic aesthetic but I mix it with bidimensional and graphic stuff and I feel good with it, even though I know I have a lot to improve. About the inspiration, it basically comes from my daily routine, from the people that I love and deal with and the strange things that happen in this world we live in.


FC: How do you organise your paint when you have a white wall in front of you?

I usually don’t put all the cans on the ground organized by colors, I’m not that kind of person. I just take the first outline color and after that I can’t really say, I enter in another dimension after the first lines.


FC: Name an artist (or many) whose work you respect and admire.
I admire so many different writers that I guess it’s not fair to just name some. I always try to follow the work of the old school writers as I do with the new ones. From tags and throw ups to trains and walls. I just love it all.


FC: Which support and tools do you prefer? Bombs, stencils, walls, ads, wheatpaste, wood, paper, trains, roofs…?
I have done almost everything but nowadays I focus more on the “legal” side of graff. I prefer the ”classic tools”, which means I basically only use spraycans and latex paint to backgrounds when needed. But sometimes it feels good to try new things, like mixing different styles in one production only. And I do canvases as well from time to time.



Mr dheo characterz dog


FC: What kind of books do your read? What’s you favorite music?
I basically only read graff related books and magazines and the daily newspapers. And usually listen to hip hop but it depends, I like drum’n'bass, dubstep, grime and from time to time other kind of music as well.


FC: Do you feel the work you are doing is something that should be preserved or stayed transcience?
That’s a good question because it’s preservation concerns me but at the same time we all know graff is an ephemeral art and it’s supposed to be that way. I just don’t want to be forgot when I’m gone because that would mean I was not different from other people while I was here. So I see the pictures of my pieces as an essencial thing to keep my memory alive after I die.



Mr dheo shaolin graffiti


FC: Are you in a crew, do you work with other artists?
I belong to HDV Crew only since 2002 but I’m the only member in Portugal so I work alone a lot. But I love painting with other artists and that’s one of the most powerful things graffiti can offer.


FC: What was your most adventurous and dangerous graffiti?
I had a gun pointed to me once and the usual law problemas as almost every writer has I guess. But it’s part of the game and I wouldn’t change it if I had the chance to. When you’re bombing or whatever you’re aware that you’re doing it ilegally so you just have to deal with it if things go wrong. But some things that look bad might be good and you can always take lessons with that kind of experiences.


FC: What do you think about the street art hype?
I like it. I’m open minded and even though I don’t consider stencils, posters, stickers, installations or whatever as graffiti (or compare to it) I see them as interventions and the streets are asking for them every day. Doing it with different tools don’t matter to me, just do it in every way posible.



Mr Dheo graffiti piece



FC: What’s coming up in the next few months? Show, travels… etc…
I have a lot of things in my head but nothing’s really clear at the moment. My inbox mail has some invitations from art galleries waiting for an answer but once they are all suckers who just want to take advantage of my work I guess that exhibitions are out of my plans for the next months, until I find one that respects my work and what I do. For now I just want to paint and have fun, and if travel opportunities come I will try to make it posible in order to meet different cultures and people, that’s one of the best things a writer can get.


FC: What’s your real goal?
Classic: being happy. And this is 100% related with graff.


FC: Any words of wisdom?

Graffiti is a blessing.


Thank you Mr Dheo


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