Nuno Viegas (PT) and Fankapan (UK) met a few days ago in Miami in occasion of the first edition of the Basel House Mural Festival in Miami for which they painted this collaborative piece combining two different, but highly compatible styles under the curation of Urban Nation Berlin.

I think the piece was a meeting of minds and both our styles combined blended into one piece where you can’t tell where they separate. Was a great scale to work on for a few days in the Miami heat. We are going to plan more collaborative pieces for sure. ” – Jay Fanakapan

Nuno Viegas adds:
I agree with Jay when he says the styles just blended perfectly into one piece. This is something I find the hardest when doing collabs – to blend into one piece that shows the strengths of both artists in a balanced way.

Something I found great is that we managed to keep the main conceptual characteristics of both our works. The chrome effect by Jay, the graffiti connection I usually do on my paintings,  the levitating objects I do, and the drop shadows we both use in our work. – Nuno Viegas

As explained by the artists, they both painted for this collaborative piece elements we had painted before bringing them into a new balanced composition without sacrificing their own styles, they just blended very well and smoothly.

The wall was curated by Stephanie Kassoy, Yasha Young, Iryna Kanishcheva and Yuval Ofir
Images by Iryna Kanishcheva.

About Nuno Viegas

Nuno Viegas, also known as Metis, is a Portuguese artist born in Faro (1985) and raised in Quarteira. Founder of the art collective Policromia Crew, he started his artistic journey with graffiti in 1999. After completing his studies in Visual Arts at the University of Algarve he moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands (2014) where he discovered a new artistic identity and began to develop his painting strongly influenced by graffiti. This hip-hop subculture has been the focal point of the artist’s production and its greatest source of inspiration. Nuno presents us with a contrast between the visually aggressive reality of this subworld and his peaceful and clean representation in his works. The approach to this theme is a continuous tribute to all those who dedicate part of their lives to this culture, in search of moments, for almost nothing, in the heart of a society whose main objective is the quest for money and power.
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About Fanakapan

London based street artist currently travelling the world painting chrome/silver inflatable letters, and characters. Often with a double meaning or deeper reason than just balloons painted on walls.
The self taught artist started painting on the streets in 2000 around Bournemouth and Bristol following his studies at art school and finding its roots in the skate culture he was immersed in at the time. Starting out with creating five layered stencil designs, it wasn’t long before Fanakapan found this an unfulfilling medium with which to express himself. From this point he also started to hone his artistic talents in a variety of mediums in a professional capacity, making props for tv shows and sculptures for such prestigious institutions as the London Aquarium. It was in 2010 when his long evolving journey with balloons started. (Read an great article about Fanakapan here)


Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.