The work of Miguel Rio Branco, as a painter, film maker, installation maker and photographer, has an almost physical effect on the viewer. This effect is caused by his choice of colour, theme, and manner of presentation. As a visual artist, Rio Branco takes his subject matter from the world around us. He is primarily oriented to occurrences on the fringes of society. Branco does not shy away from situations that symbolize loneliness, power, sex, and violence.