1980's Ladbroke Grove & Notting Hill was London's vibrant creative hub, Flex's art & music grew from this eclectic street culture & has influenced his work ever since
Born to Maria Amorim and Candido Gil, Maria being a world renowned Fado singer from Lisbon, Miguel's family were part of the Portuguese community, long established in Portobello & Ladbroke Grove.
Music & Street Art / Graffiti being the dominant driving force in Flex's life, at 15 being a founding member of the Cash Crew http://www.nts.live/artists/26671-cash-crew
Then forming one part of hip hop duo named Mighty Ethnicz. https://www.discogs.com/artist/213813-Mighty-Ethnicz
Music & Art being one to Flex, painting Urban pieces at every opportunity over the years
After the Grenfell Fire tragedy, Flex was moved to do a memorial artwork dedicated to the victims of families & friends lost.
Painted on The Memorial Wall in Ladbroke Crescent W11, (the street he grew up on) a wall always used in street art to express loss of local members of the community over the decades.
The piece was embraced by the community with the simple wording of “Justice”.
After being up for 6 weeks, Kensington and Chelsea council whitewashed the mural, with no explanation.
Resulting in anger & upset in the community affected by the disaster, culminating in damning press for RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea).
Undeterred, he started another tribute piece which is still a work in progress, on the Memorial Wall.
Working with aerosol, acrylic, photography and graphic mix on canvas, banners and murals.
Pieces range in size from 50 x 30cm to 8 x 20m
Still making Urban Art in Ladbroke Grove & from his studio in West London , Flex also runs weekly Art Therapy workshops within local the community affected by the Grenfell Fire tragedy, including; Grenfell United, The Rugby Portobello Trust, Grief Encounters and The Delgarno Trust, plus many youth and community centres in boroughs throughout London.
Paddington Rail Crash 20th Anniversary Memorial - Ladbroke Grove
Rhodan Gordon, Mangrove 9 Memorial - The Tabernacle, Notting Hill
Grenfell Graffiti Jam – Trellick Tower Gardens
Shubbak Festival 2019 - 20m x 8m Art Instillation - Ladbroke Grove
Hope To Nope: Graphics and Politics
The Design Museum
The Crypt Gallery
Artbeat – Solo Show –