João Vilhena practices drawing and painting from a neoconceptual position. His work is, and has always been, led by the interest he takes in the role of the beholder. For the artist a work is made by the look upon it, which activates it and creates its meaning. A virtuoso of the pencil and the word, he feints, hides, substitutes end disguises without ever unveiling what lies beyond. To this purpose he uses different means like optical illusions, trompe l'oeils or anamorphoses, as well as works' titles spoonerisms, anagrams and other word games.