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Portuguese city artist Vhils opens artwork exhibition in Lisbon

Portuguese city artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils (most well-known for his Scratching the Surface venture the place he carves large artwork items on partitions by a way he calls ‘creative deconstruction’) formally opened his new exhibition in Lisbon on 1 February.

Inside the exhibition in Lisbon by Portuguese city artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils . Image by Courtesy of Alexandre Farto and Galeria Vera Cortês

Until 17 March, Galeria Vera Cortês is the home of Intrínseco (Intrinsic), which the writer describes as “the reflection of a global world that gives us so much yet in the end makes us transparent and leaves us confused.”  The artwork set up is made with floor-to-ceiling PVC clear panels with black-and-white photos of various Vhils’ items, fragments of city areas, and splashes of yellow and pink (some printed, some sprayed). Visitors can see every of the eight items from a 360-degree perspective to unveil every layer of his work. 

Inside the exhibition in Lisbon. Image by Bruno Lopez. Courtesy of Alexandre Farto and Galeria Vera Cortês

Vhils began as a graffiti artist in his teen years in his hometown, Seixal – a metropolis on the south financial institution of river Tagus, minutes away from Lisbon by ferry. His work, then and now, is strongly influenced by the industrialised setting of town the place he grew up and the extreme city growth in Portugal within the 1980s and 1990s .

A five-letter phrase that, actually, has no that means (Vhils had been the letters he might write sooner to signal his graffiti items) grew to become one of the well-known signatures within the city artwork world, in Portugal and overseas. At 27, in 2015, Vhils was included in Forbes’ listing 30 Under 30: Art & Style. You can expertise Vhils’ genius at different art-related tasks in Lisbon together with the city artwork store/café/working house Underdogs Public Art retailer and newest hotspot Stupido 1/1, which he curated.

By Sandra Henriques




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