Mateu Velasco is a Brazilian-American multimedia artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Rio’s prestigious Pontifícia Universidade Católica, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Graphic Design, and is a notable alumnus of Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated street art scene. Though initially known for his inventive graffiti style, Velasco recent paintings and illustrations have evolved beyond the tightening boundaries of the modern street art movement and into the dynamic domain of contemporary visual arts.
His work has been shown in some of Rio’s most influential galleries and in other important art spaces around the world. Velsaco’s technical mastery and unique vision have been called upon to shape major ad campaigns for innovative brands like Nike, Converse and Ambev.
His decision to relocate to Southern California from Rio de Janeiro, his long-time muse, has led to a new period of restless creativity and an exploration of stimulating themes and subjects.