”My artwork has saved my life, it is that simple”
Vhilio was born in Sweden in 1972 and was only 5 years old when he had his first alcoholic drink and got drunk drinking champagne. Friday 13, 2003 is the day that changed Vhilio’s life forever when he realized that he was a danger to himself and checked himself into a rehab center for 9 months.
During his rehab Vhilio kept thinking about a day in 1997 when he was so drunk, that he jumped out of the window of his 3rd floor apartment building because someone was screaming “Fire!”. That fall almost killed him and after that fall Vhilio started painting his paintings that have made him famous around the world.
Vhilio had his last alcoholic drinks when he was 30 years old when he was drinking moonshine on a bench in a public park while he was homeless.
In the spring of 2004, Vhilio was diagnosed with cancer his third time and the doctors had to remove his shoulder blade. After this surgery he had to paint with a pallet knife because the pain from the surgery was too painful and he could not hold a paintbrush in his hand. By 2008 Vhilio was finally able to go back to painting with a paintbrush.
Vhilio paints memories, things that have happened to him in his old life before he stopped drinking and sometimes about what he experiences today. He likes to use a lot of humor in his paintings. His work is exhibited and collected around the world. He has created over 1000 artworks.
“I don’t paint the obvious, I hide it within each painting.”