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Vhils

Vhils

Portugal • Born in: 1987

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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, Deplete, Print

Vhils

Deplete, 2022 42 x 30 x 0.2 cm Print

€800

Our recommendations Vhils, Crack Series #05, Sculpture

Vhils

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

€21,700

Vhils, Drip, Print

Vhils

Drip, 2022 70 x 50 cm Print

€1,800

Our recommendations Vhils, Mist, Print

Vhils

Mist, 2021 42 x 29.7 cm Print

€980

Our recommendations Vhils, Pentimento, Print

Vhils

Pentimento, 2021 35 x 23 x 0.2 cm Print

€1,200

Vhils, Dusk, Print

Vhils

Dusk, 2020 70 x 50 cm Print

€1,980

Our recommendations Vhils, Substrata, Print

Vhils

Substrata, 2021 100 x 80 cm Print

€2,500 €2,250

Vhils, Glance, Print

Vhils

Glance, 2021 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,690

Vhils, Bleach, Print

Vhils

Bleach, 2017 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,590

Vhils, Triumph (with PichiAvo), Print

Vhils

Triumph (with PichiAvo), 2020 100 x 70 x 0.1 cm Print

€2,490 €2,117

Vhils, Relic, Print

Vhils

Relic, 2020 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Print

€1,890

Vhils, Pentimento (Special Edition), Print

Vhils

Pentimento (Special Edition), 2020 37.2 x 25.2 x 7.5 cm Print

€1,400

Our recommendations Vhils, Taciturn, Print

Vhils

Taciturn, 2018 69.2 x 48.9 cm Print

€2,393

Vhils, Nebulous, Print

Vhils

Nebulous, 2019 70 x 50 x 0.5 cm Print

€1,300

Vhils, Diffusion, Print

Vhils

Diffusion, 2019 70 x 50 cm Print

€1,300

Vhils, Débris, Print

Vhils

Débris, 2017 70 x 50 x 1 cm Print

€1,800

Vhils, Skull / Morphed, Print

Vhils

Skull / Morphed, 2012 120 x 80 x 0.1 cm Print

€3,000

Vhils, Glance (First Edition), Print

Vhils

Glance (First Edition), 2021 70 x 50 x 0.5 cm Print

€1,800

Vhils, Portal, Sculpture

Vhils

Portal, 2021 214 x 92 x 46 cm Sculpture

€30,000

Our recommendations Vhils, Subsume 2, Print

Vhils

Subsume 2, 2019 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, Peroxide, Print

Vhils

Peroxide, 2019 50 x 100 x 0.1 cm Print

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Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020 70 x 50 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, Amorphous, Print

Vhils

Amorphous, 2019 70 x 50 x 1 cm Print

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Vhils, Scratching the surface, Print

Vhils

Scratching the surface, 2014 90 x 60 cm Print

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Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020 70 x 50 x 1 cm Print

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Vhils, Relic, Print

Vhils

Relic, 2020 70 x 50 cm Print

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Vhils, Triumph, Print

Vhils

Triumph, 2020 100 x 70 cm Print

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Vhils, Subsume 1, Print

Vhils

Subsume 1, 2019 70 x 50 cm Print

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Vhils, Predominate, Print

Vhils

Predominate, 2018 50 x 70 cm Print

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Vhils, Core, Print

Vhils

Core, 2020 50 x 70 x 0.2 cm Print

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Vhils, Blight Series #5, Painting

Vhils

Blight Series #5, 2019 150 x 100 cm Painting

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Vhils, Fathomage Series #3, Painting

Vhils

Fathomage Series #3, 2019 182 x 124 cm Painting

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Vhils, Decrease 04, Sculpture

Vhils

Decrease 04, 2014 196 x 120 x 2 cm Sculpture

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Who is the 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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What is Vhils’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Famous Street Artists, Figurative Street Artists

When was Vhils born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1987