Vasco Mourão
(b. 1979)

Photo by Brian Scott Peterson Tokyo, 2019

Selected Clients & Colaborators

Apple, The New Yorker, The New Yorker Festival, The Washington Post, Fundação Bissaya Barreto, Museu Picasso Barcelona, UnderDogs Gallery, Established & Sons, Architectural Review, Espacio 88, Ogilvy, Domus, Gestalten, El País, etc.


Breathing Line
Fundació La Caixa
09.2019 . Barcelona, Spain
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Remember Tokyo
Almost Perfect
05/2019 . Tokyo, Japan

Remember Hong Kong
ACO gallery
03/2019 . Hong Kong, China

Fragments . Drawings on Stone
Oitavo Gallery
02/2019 . Porto, Portugal

Face Plastic

Espacio 88
01/2019 . Barcelona, Spain

Ouroborus . Drawings on Wood

Uivo 8 - Centr'Arte
01/ 2019 . Matosinhos, Portugal

Portugal Múltiplo
Bissaya Barreto Foundation
2018 . Coimbra, Portugal

Urban Fragments
Ilustração à vista Festival
2018 . Ílhavo, Portugal

Ouroborus . Drawings on Brass
Underdogs Art Store
2017 . Lisbon, Portugal

Ouroborus . Drawings on Wood
Espacio 88
2016 . Barcelona, Spain

Matsudo Perceptions
Paradise AIR
2016 . Matsudo, Japan

Drawing Poble Nou
Espacio 88
2015 . Barcelona, Spain

New York Perceptions
The Invisible Dog
2014 . New York, USA

Drawings for The New Yorker
Mitte Gallery
2014 . Barcelona, Spain

Daily Drawings
Minho University
2010 . Guimarães, Portugal

Casa Portuguesa
2008 . Barcelona, Spain
Selected talks

2019 . Tokyo, Japan

2017 . Barcelona, Spain

2016 . Tokyo, Japan

Apple Headquarters
2016 . Tokyo,  Japan

Apple Stores
2016 . Tokyo, Osaka & Nagoya,  Japan

Walk&Talk Art Festival
2015 . Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Get Set Festival
2015 . Oporto, Portugal

Barcelona Design Week
2013 . Barcelona, Spain

Creative Camp 180
2012 . Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

Vasco Mourão
+34 626 415 306
Vasco Mourão works on the perception, texture and memory of the urban landscape. Only with a pen and time, his practice focus on the representation of cities through drawings on paper, wood and metal.
Drawings of cityscapes and other architectural meanderings at large, rearranged on the canvas.
Inhabiting a place between fine art and illustration, Vasco Mourão creates bespoke artworks and large scale murals for various private clients, galleries and institutions, working also on selected editorial commissions.
Originally from Portugal, now based in Barcelona (when not on the yearly work & travel walkabout)

The Visible Cities 
by Jorge Carrión

The artist Vasco Mourão comes from the world of architecture and travels. This double genealogy brings him closer to those who imagined and designed the iconic buildings of the world as well to those who described it in their books, sketches or photographs.

But Vasco’s work does not focus on the detail but rather to the whole. From his point of view what matters most is not the architecture per se but the urban landscape, not so much the singular route but rather the labyrinth of networks weaved by the traveler or the driver when circulating in the contemporary metropolis.
Because the greater narrative and conceptual theme of Vasco’s work is the city. The urban landscape as multiplication and as a succession of mirrors.

Although a drawing may speak of New York, Lisbon, Genoa or Barcelona, in a simultaneous and inclusive plane it is also representing the invisible cities of Italo Calvino.
Like those of the Italian writer, the ones drawn by the Portuguese artist are made of illusion (optical and sentimental) and desire (of possession and order), counting on a memory shared by all human beings. The city as transversal home, as a shared horizon. The city also as geometry, pattern and infinite combinations. No matter where you live you’ll recognise aspects of your own city in these visible cities in black and white.

The medium where Vasco draws on are also in tune with the urban history. On paper refers to the labor of recollection of data and events; on wood it connects the rural with the urban space, it recalls the beam that supports the building and the everyday furniture, work and rest: on metal is present the modern metropolis, its iron architecture, its infatuation with precious metals to underline luxury and stainless steel to claim technological advances.
These there materials are superimposed on the stone of a wall. Because his work is always mural. A second skin that covers the epidermis of the cities of the world that he, obsessively, is copying, imagining, collecting.


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