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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

$ 737

Vhils, Blight Series #5, Painting

Vhils

Blight Series #5, 2019
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 42,636

Vhils, Shepard Fairey + Vhils - Universal Personhood, Lisbon, Print

Vhils

Shepard Fairey + Vhils - Universal Personhood, Lisbon, 2018
24 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 1,203

Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 1,719

Vhils, Convulsion, Print

Vhils

Convulsion, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 1,805

Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 1,167

Vhils, Periferia Uniforme, Print

Vhils

Periferia Uniforme, 2009
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 1,167

Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 1,228

Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 1,167

Vhils, Débris, Print

Vhils

Débris, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 2,210

Vhils, Core, Print

Vhils

Core, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
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Vhils, Peroxide, Print

Vhils

Peroxide, 2019
19.7 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Print

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Vhils, Taciturn, Print

Vhils

Taciturn, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Vhils, Fathomage Series #3, Painting

Vhils

Fathomage Series #3, 2019
71.7 x 48.8 inch
Painting

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Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

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Vhils, Intangible, Print

Vhils

Intangible, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
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Vhils, Amorphous, Print

Vhils

Amorphous, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
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