Joaquim António Borregana (Kim Prisu) was born in Aldeia de Dona (Portugal) in 1962 and now lives in Portugal. His works take an innovative approach to social commentary. The title of his Wall painting quotes a rallying cry of the Portuguese “carnation revolution” of 1974: “O povo unido nunca mais será veicido” (“United, the people will never be slaves again”).
Borregana’s painting combines a graphic, comic-book style with graffiti art and street art. Its components include faces, hopskotch markings, a bull, fantasy characters, and Portuguese words. During the Gallery’s restoration in 2009, the artist considerably retouched his painting to adapt it to the changed social and political circumstances 20 years after the fall of the Wall.
Borregana now lives in Portugal, having moved as a child with his family to France. There he co-conceived Nuklé-Art, which fuses elements of comic design and graffiti art. Borregana, alias Kim Prisu, is considered a pioneer of the Figuration Libre art movement. His works use humour to address social crises. He moved to Berlin with his partner, the artist Hervé Morlay, in 1990. Both contributed paintings to the East Side Gallery.