In the past, they've paired with Amnesty International, using this technique to bring attention to social causes. One of the top street artists today, Alexandre Farto, better known as Vhils, is continuing to evolve and push his trademark style.Emerging on the scene in 2008, his work, which consists of chiseling away layers of walls using a variety of tools, made him an instant sensation. Using scalpels, hammers and pneumatic drills, Vhils now retools billboards from Berlin to Shanghai, Moscow to Rio, replacing the usual politicians, models and celebrities with the faces of “everyday heroes” that he sketches on the subway or glimpses at flea markets. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. In fact, it's extremely difficult, and that's precisely why these street artists deserve so much respect. Pintava muros de ruas e comboios da margem sul do rio Tejo.[1][2]. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Using the facade of high-rise buildings as his canvas, Blu sends very relevant political messages through his works.

Vhils is creating a public wall work for the Blink festival. Find out how by becoming a Patron. [4][5], Em 2011, desenvolveu uma técnica usando explosivos, grafite, restos de cartazes e até retratos feitos com metal enferrujado para criar retratos e frases. Alexandre Farto was born in Portugal in 1987. We’re also on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Flipboard. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Another continuing theme through his stencil art are portraits of his daughter Nina, who we've seen evolve from a little girl to a young woman. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Vhils. "[7], Em 2012, recriou uma guitarra portuguesa para a colecção Tudo isto é... autores da Malabar. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times. The Portuguese artist, born Alexandre Farto, has been using urban decay as his canvas for as long as he can remember – chipping away at plaster and bricks and slicing into advertising hoardings to create his eerie giant portraits. It's almost like we have x-ray vision. His work is full of irony and a positive sense of humor, seeking to inspire a smile and a thought. On view at @galeriaveracortes in Lisbon, until 31 July: Alexandre Farto aka Vhils + António Bolota-Part of a larger group show with all the gallery's artists sectioned into 19 solo presentations in nine two-person shows, establishing a dialogue and a critical correlation between them. He began interacting with the urban environment through the practice of graffiti in the early 2000s.

In 2008, he was invited by Banksy to participate in the Cans Festival in London, where his work was immediately hailed as one of … What really separates him from the rest of the field is the way he adds different layers into a piece, giving his viewers multiples perspectives of the biology behind his animal subjects.

Now 25, he started as a graffiti artist, “bombing” trains in his native Lisbon when he was just 13. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Originally from the United States, Above is now based out of Berlin, where he continues to crank out innovative urban street art. Diminish Series #03 (2017), a highlight of the show, is a large panoramic cityscape of LA on a stack of billboard posters assembled as a relief on the wall. In the end, I’m just another layer on the wall.”, To 17 Jan, Lazarides Gallery, London W1 ( To most city-dwellers they are an everyday eyesore, but to Vhils, peeling billboards and crumbling walls are things of beauty. He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Visit My Modern Met Media. Check out the exclusive rewards, here. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Diminish Series #03 (2017), a highlight of the show, is a large panoramic cityscape of LA on a stack of billboard posters assembled as a relief on the wall. Este texto é disponibilizado nos termos da licença. [3], Em 2009, ficou conhecido quando uma das caras esculpidas por ele apareceu ao lado de um graffiti de Bansky no Cans Festival em Londres. By the 1980s, when Vhils was growing up, they were fading or had already been pasted over with adverts.