Mots /   Diogo Ruas


Street Art, Illustration, Painting, Murals

Diogo Ruas
May 20, 2019
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Mots is a street artist, illustrator, and painter from Porto. Graffiti always had a strong influence in his techniques, graphic style and the way he approaches the connection between space and art. In his works, he searches for a relation between the surroundings and the imaginative world. Through many years of collective and solo murals, he created a style of graphic synthesis of shapes deconstruction mixed with immersive geometrical forms.

Mots - Be_caoceito, 2017
Mots – Be_cãoceito, 2017 – © Mots. Photo credits Becuh

Mots works aim to coexist with landscape and architecture, to respect the environment and aesthetics of the place. His pieces are kind of balanced continuation of the context where the mural is done.

Mots - Butterfly, 2017
Mots – Butterfly, 2017 – © Mots. Photo credits Pitoresco Festival

He is an author of dozens of murals and large-scale paintings around the world. The biggest wall done by Mots was created in 2017 in downtown Porto near the iconic Douro River, becoming part of its well-known panoramic view.

Mots - Cito facta, 2014
Mots – Cito facta, 2014 – © Mots. Photo credits Mots

As a graffiti artist, he also creates digital and traditional artworks.

Featured image: Mots – portrait. Photo credits Jagoda Cierniak
All images and text courtesy of Mots

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2018BiodiversidadeVila Real City HallGroup
2018100 Dollar Bills YallCircusNetworkGroup
2017PitorescoInstantes MutantesGroup
2016Putrica FestivalSebastianasGroup
2016Who Let The Dogs OutCircusNetworkGroup
2016ConflictUnderdogs Pop Up Store PortoGroup
2014Street Art AxaPorto City HallGroup
2014Putrica FestivalSebastianasGroup
2013Putrica FestivalSebastianasGroup
2012Get Set Art FestivalGet SetGroup
2012Memoria e DestruicaoGroup
2010Visual Street PreformanceFundacao Jose RodriguesGroup
2010StencilarteMaus HabitosGroup
2009Cascais Art SpaceCascais City HallGroup