Anamorphic Street Art – Graffiti Have Never Been So Alive

Odeith was, in 2005, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field. Standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted on different surfaces, such as 90º corners, or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect. But before all of that, this street artist was born in 1976 in Damaia, Portugal, held a spray can for the first time in the mid-1980s. In the mid-1990s he started painting large graffiti murals in Damaia. His first experiences were sketched on street walls and train tracks. And the passion he had always shown for drawing, had a newfound purpose and began evolving. And so on… There is so much to tell about Odeith and we will, so scroll through our gallery below and be sure to follow our featured artist on Instagram and visit his shop on Odeith’s official website.

In the ’90s, when graffiti began its dissemination throughout Portugal and began to leave its Portuguese birthplace, Carcavelos, Odeith had his first contact with this movement.

Soon after came the opportunity to paint large scale murals in Damaia, Carcavelos, and in many social housing neighborhoods, such as Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio and Santa Filomena.

Early on, Odeith showed a special interest in perspective and shading.

In an obscure style which he later called “sombre 3D”, the compositions, landscapes or portraits, messages or homages, stood out for their realism and technique.

In 2008, he decided to close his tattoo studio (which he opened in 1999) and moved to London.

Currently, back in Lisbon, he assumed painting as his main activity.

Odeith created large scale murals for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others.

Amid all the events he participated in, we highlight Meeting of Styles (Alemanha), Museum of Public Art (Louisiana, EUA), MuBE – Brazilian Museum for Sculpture (São Paulo, Brasil), 1st Bienal del Sur (Panamá) and the Berardo Collection Museum’s 2nd-anniversary party.

Just a few days ago, Odeith had his first solo exhibition at Câmara Municipal da Amadora, Lisbon and you can take a tour till November 24th.