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Vhils

Portugal Born in: 1987 Emergent Artist

Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000s.

His groundbreaking carving technique – which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface series and was first presented to the public at the VSP group show in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London in 2008 –, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade.

This striking form of visual poetry, showcased around the world in both indoor and outdoor settings, has been described as brutal and complex, yet imbued with a simplicity that speaks to the core of human emotions, expressing the struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demanding, saturated environment of the urban spaces he lives in, highlighting and exposing the sombre dimension that lies behind the current model of development and the material aspirations it encompasses – unsustainable, yet inebriating.

Vhils grew up in Seixal, an industrialised suburb across the river from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and was particularly influenced by the transformations brought on by the intensive urban development the country underwent in the 1980s and 1990s.

An avid experimentalist, he has been developing his notion of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media – from stencil painting to wall carving, from pyrotechnic explosions to 3D modelling – which have enabled him to expand the boundaries of visual expression.

His unique approach and artwork have been garnering critical acclaim around the world.

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Vhils, Scratching the surface, Print

Vhils

Scratching the surface, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Print

$676

Vhils, Fathomage Series #3, Painting

Vhils

Fathomage Series #3, 2019
71.7 x 48.8 inch
Painting

$30,728

Vhils, Contrive Series #03, Print

Vhils

Contrive Series #03, 2019
37.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,690

Vhils, Convulsion, Print

Vhils

Convulsion, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,656

Vhils, Bleach, Print

Vhils

Bleach, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,408

Vhils, Skull/Morphed, Print

Vhils

Skull/Morphed, 2012
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,816

Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,115

Vhils, Blight Series #5, Painting

Vhils

Blight Series #5, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$39,109

Vhils, Periferia Uniforme, Print

Vhils

Periferia Uniforme, 2009
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,070

Vhils, American Dreamers (collaboration avec Obey), Print

Vhils

American Dreamers (collaboration avec Obey), 2019
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$1,915

Vhils, Peroxide, Print

Vhils

Peroxide, 2019
19.7 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Print

$2,118

Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,802

Vhils, Débris, Print

Vhils

Débris, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,028

Vhils, Monolith Series #01, Sculpture

Vhils

Monolith Series #01, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

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Vhils, Camada Series #05, Sculpture

Vhils

Camada Series #05, 2018
72.8 x 49.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

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Vhils, Contrive Series #02, Print

Vhils

Contrive Series #02, 2019
37.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

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Vhils, Taciturn, Print

Vhils

Taciturn, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Vhils, Amorphous, Print

Vhils

Amorphous, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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