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An artist uses spray paint to 'carve' through walls, and the see-through murals make for wild optical illusions

INSIDER Logo By Darcy Schild of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 11: 
  A Portuguese graffiti
  artist who goes by the name Vile creates murals that look
  like letters carved into walls.
  
  Vile uses only spray paint, expertly layering colors to
  create life-like textures. 
  
  Before-and-after photos reveal stunning transformations of
  walls around Portugal that Vile has painted.
  
  
    Visit
    Insider's homepage for more stories.
  

  Artists around the world often take to the streets to create
  stunning paintings and sculptures that inspire or entertain
  people - or even 
  make bystanders do a double-take.

  One graffiti artist is turning abandoned walls into masterpieces
  that appear as though they've been carved in stone, but in
  reality, he's using only spray paint to create a see-through
  illusion.

  Rodrigo Miguel SepĂșlveda Nunes, who goes by the name Vile, is the
  artist behind these stunning paintings that have popped up around
  Portugal.

  A video on Vile's Instagram page showcases one of his latest
  murals from different angles, and the finished product makes for
  a mind-bending illusion.

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  Vile told Insider in an interview that he's been painting since
  he was about 14 years old, when he first began drawing different
  iterations of his "tag," or the name he goes by as a graffiti
  artist. Over the course of six years, he perfected his craft by
  studying cartoon animation, drawing, and illustration. 

  "In the beginning, I think doing grafitti was an act of rebellion
  as a kid, but the truth is that it has become my life and my
  focus," he said. 

  He said he's considered himself a professional artist since 2007:
  since then his work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries
  around Portugal, as well as on walls around the country.

  Keep reading to learn more about Vile's mind-bending murals.

  • A Portuguese graffiti artist who goes by the name Vile creates murals that look like letters carved into walls.
  • Vile uses only spray paint, expertly layering colors to create life-like textures.
  • Before-and-after photos reveal stunning transformations of walls around Portugal that Vile has painted.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Artists around the world often take to the streets to create stunning paintings and sculptures that inspire or entertain people - or even make bystanders do a double-take.

One graffiti artist is turning abandoned walls into masterpieces that appear as though they've been carved in stone, but in reality, he's using only spray paint to create a see-through illusion.

Rodrigo Miguel SepĂșlveda Nunes, who goes by the name Vile, is the artist behind these stunning paintings that have popped up around Portugal.

A video on Vile's Instagram page showcases one of his latest murals from different angles, and the finished product makes for a mind-bending illusion.

Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B1MTNn5gjFz/embed Width: 540px

Vile told Insider in an interview that he's been painting since he was about 14 years old, when he first began drawing different iterations of his "tag," or the name he goes by as a graffiti artist. Over the course of six years, he perfected his craft by studying cartoon animation, drawing, and illustration.

"In the beginning, I think doing grafitti was an act of rebellion as a kid, but the truth is that it has become my life and my focus," he said.

He said he's considered himself a professional artist since 2007: since then his work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries around Portugal, as well as on walls around the country.

Keep reading to learn more about Vile's mind-bending murals.

© Courtesy of Vile

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