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Vhils

Portugal Born in: 1987 Bestsellers Emerging artists

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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In time for Christmas
Vhils, Lethargic Series #02, Sculpture

Vhils

Lethargic Series #02, 2020
197.5 x 77 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€ 26,200

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Shepard Fairey + Vhils - Universal Personhood, Lisbon, Print

Vhils

Shepard Fairey + Vhils - Universal Personhood, Lisbon, 2018
61 x 76 cm
Print

€ 980

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Blight Series #5, Painting

Vhils

Blight Series #5, 2019
150 x 100 cm
Painting

€ 34,720

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Crack Series #05, Sculpture

Vhils

Crack Series #05, 2020
100 x 70 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

€ 21,700

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Dusk, Print

Vhils

Dusk, 2020
70 x 50 cm
Print

€ 1,980

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Periferia Uniforme, Print

Vhils

Periferia Uniforme, 2009
70 x 50 cm
Print

€ 950

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Convulsion, Print

Vhils

Convulsion, 2018
100 x 70 cm
Print

€ 1,470

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Scratching the surface, Print

Vhils

Scratching the surface, 2014
90 x 60 cm
Print

€ 600

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

€ 1,400

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018
50 x 70 cm
Print

€ 950

In time for Christmas
Vhils, Débris, Print

Vhils

Débris, 2017
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

€ 1,800

Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018
50 x 70 cm
Print

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Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020
70 x 50 cm
Print

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Vhils, Core, Print

Vhils

Core, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

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Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

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Vhils, Peroxide, Print

Vhils

Peroxide, 2019
50 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Print

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Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
70 x 50 cm
Print

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Vhils, Decrease 04, Sculpture

Vhils

Decrease 04, 2014
196 x 120 x 2 cm
Sculpture

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Vhils, Amorphous, Print

Vhils

Amorphous, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

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Vhils, Fathomage Series #3, Painting

Vhils

Fathomage Series #3, 2019
182 x 124 cm
Painting

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Renaissance - Vhils, Bezt, Gonzalo Borondo

MAGMA gallery

Renaissance - Vhils, Bezt, Gonzalo Borondo
From October 3 To November 28, 2020

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