±MaisMenos± is an intervention art project by Portuguese artist Miguel Januário (Porto, Portugal, 1981), that offers a critical reflection on the model of political, social and economic organization that manages contemporary urban societies. Its programmatic expression is conceptually reduced to an equation of simplicity and opposites: more/less, positive/negative, black/white. Viral, direct and incisive, ±MAISMENOS± aims to raise awareness and bring some long-awaited changes to the world in which we live.


He first spread out the symbol ± through the cities of Porto and Lisbon; then he proceeded to tag various locations with simple statements and texts. These interventions were intended to deliver powerful messages that engage the audience to contemplate on issues of the social implications and consequences, both positive and negative. The project is also the focus of Miguel Januário’s ongoing Ph.D. research at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto.


±MaisMenos± earned his BA in Communication Design from the University of Porto. Since 1999, he has developed interventions in the public space and, alongside, commissioned works. His work exhibited internationally including the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon, the Contemporary Art Museum in Elvas, the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome, the Côa Museum, and Underdogs Gallery, among others. He has participated in several art festivals in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Norway, and France. ±MaisMenos± has been the theme of two TED Talks in Luanda (2014) and Porto (2015).

Solo exhibitions
Group exhibitions
Awards and scholarships

2018 | No princípio era o verbo | CAOS – Casa de Artes e Ofícios, Viseu, Portugal

2017 | No princípio era o verbo | Livraria Arquivo, Leiria, Portugal

2017 | State of Minds | Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, Italy

2016 | Grande Comício MaisMenos | Future Places, Porto, Portugal

2016 | Evangelii Gaudium | Mupy Gallery, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal

2016 | O Princípio do Fim | Palacete dos Viscondes Balsemão, Kismif, Porto, Portugal

2015 | O Princípio do Fim | Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2014 | A liberdade não é um acessório | EGEAC, Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal

2014 | Grândola Vila Moderna | Aisca Gallery, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

2014 | Grândola Vila Moderna | Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2014 | Grândola Vila Moderna | Maus Hábitos Gallery, Porto, Portugal

2014 | You Want a Piece of Me | MusicBox, Lisbon, Portugal

2013 | Sell Out | Underdogs Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2012 | Abril Mágoas Mil | Arco Gallery, Faro, Portugal

2009 | Compro mas não existo | Maus Hábitos Gallery, Porto, Portugal