Fernando Messias (aka Vertelli) was born in Castelo Branco, Portugal and was writing poetry and creating paintings from an early age. Fernando’s teenage years were fulfilled with music and painting, which led to him creating a radio program called “Dell Arte” (Radio Beira Interior) and co-founding a music theatre show with Daniel Pires called “Pensamentos”.
Wanting to experience England and gain more knowledge of the work he so much admired, Fernando spent some time in London before moving to Bristol to gain a BA(hons) in Fine Art at UWE. It was here thatt he became involved in music with Suv (Reprazent/Roni Size) and performed poetry and vocals on his album “Follow the Sun”. Various exhibitions and projects ensued, one of which was a solo exhibition at Severn Shed Bristol, supported by Daddy G of Massive Attack.
In 2009 he co-founded “Bristol-Lisboa-Gallery” in Campo de Ourique, Lisboa, Portugal, a gallery which specialises in contemporary art and innovative projects. His works vary from video and poetry to collage and oil painting, and form part of various private collections including that of the actor Jim Sturgess and musician Guy Calhoun.
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