Details: In January of 2013, WOOL was invitated to form a group of Portuguese urban artists to participate in what was promised to be the 'largest exhibition ever held, of Street Art'., named Tour of Paris 13, a project by the Mairie du 13e Paris, coordinated by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of Galerie Itinerrance. With volunteer work of participants that during many months would worked inside the tower (and occasionally outside) in the most utmost secret; only was revealed to the public during the month of October.This tower, with a total of 4.500m2, divided by 10 floors (36 flats) and located in one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Paris, which was just waiting for its destruction, as part of a project to modernize the municipal housing, became a colossal temporary museum of Street Art, open to all for free and without any commercial approach, was a tribute to this type of Art.
The invitation originated a challenge to a group of artists, which intended to aggregate several generations and spirits of the national Urban Art and portrait from Graffiti to the stencil, all the languages, and / or techniques commonly referred to post-graffiti, with contemporary influences of figurative illustration. The challenge was accepted by all and it took four 'pilgrimages' to the number 5 of Rue Fulton, where the interventions of (and alphabetically) ADD FUEL, CORLEONE, EIME, KRUELLA D'ENFER, ±MAISMENOS±, MAR, MÁRIO BELÉM, PANTÓNIO, PAULO ARRAIANO, SAMINA and VHILS, gradually occupied completely and strategically the 2nd floor of the Tour Paris 13, according to stylistic criteria that guaranteed the legitimacy of their individualities.
The affectionately called “Portuguese floor” was “the key point to achieve the success of this project”, as still stated today by the mentor Mehdi Ben Cheikh.
Biography: Born in Azores, Ilha Terceira in1975.
As a teenager he attended the workshops of sculpture, modeling, drawing and painting at Instituto Açoriano de Cultura, and has exhibited regularly drawing and painting. Studied drawing at the School of Arts and Crafts of Cerveira Ville and Technologies of the Graphic Arts at Instituto Politécnico de Tomar. In 1993 he was part of the young artists group representatives of Portugal on the 50th anniversary of UNESCO, Romania. In 2005 he received the award for illustration of the Macaronésia for young artists. Attended between 2006 and 2008 in workshops Illustration by João Catarino; Editorial illustration by Richard Câmara and Comics by Zepe, of Fine Arts in Lisbon. In 2011 and 2012 he participated in the Urban Art Festival Walk & Talk Azores; in the residency ARTUR and urban artists collective exhibition, "Beyond Walls" António Prates Gallery. In 2013 exhibit a painting serie, in Lisbon, called "IR" and then "IRA". He integrated projects as Tour Paris (2013), which resulted in a solo exhibition at Galerie Itinerrance. In 2014 he has painted the biggest wall of Europe, and participated in Djerbahood project and Fusing Culture Experience, a festival in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.