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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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Painting

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Mist, Vhils

Mist

Vhils

Print - 16.5 x 11.7 inch

$983

Crack Series #05, Vhils

Crack Series #05

Vhils

Sculpture - 39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch

$21,775

Bleach, Vhils

Bleach

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$1,596

Dusk, Vhils

Dusk

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$1,987

Glance, Vhils

Glance

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$1,696

Relic, Vhils

Relic

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$1,897

Diffusion, Vhils

Diffusion

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$1,435

Drip, Vhils

Drip

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$1,806

Sight, Vhils

Sight

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$1,355

Débris, Vhils

Débris

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,806

Triumph (with PichiAvo), Vhils

Triumph (with PichiAvo)

Vhils

Print - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

$2,107

Deplete, Vhils

Deplete

Vhils

Print - 16.5 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch

$803

Glance (First Edition), Vhils

Glance (First Edition)

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$1,806

Pentimento (Special Edition), Vhils

Pentimento (Special Edition)

Vhils

Print - 14.6 x 9.9 x 3 inch

$1,405

Predominate, Vhils

Predominate

Vhils

Print - 19.7 x 27.6 inch

$1,505

Portal, Vhils

Portal

Vhils

Sculpture - 84.3 x 36.2 x 18.1 inch

$30,104

Subsume 1 by Vhils / Artist Proof, Vhils

Subsume 1 by Vhils / Artist Proof

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$3,010

Taciturn, Vhils

Taciturn

Vhils

Print - 27.25 x 19.25 inch

$2,450 $1,960

Skull / Morphed, Vhils

Skull / Morphed

Vhils

Print - 47.2 x 31.5 x 0 inch

$3,010

Subsume 2, Vhils

Subsume 2

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

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Substrata, Vhils

Substrata

Vhils

Print - 39.4 x 31.5 inch

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Pentimento, Vhils

Pentimento

Vhils

Print - 13.8 x 9.1 x 0.1 inch

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Oxymoron, Vhils

Oxymoron

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

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American Dreamers (collaboration avec Obey), Vhils

American Dreamers (collaboration avec Obey)

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 39.4 inch

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Core, Vhils

Core

Vhils

Print - 19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch

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Peroxide, Vhils

Peroxide

Vhils

Print - 19.7 x 39.4 x 0 inch

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Subsume 1, Vhils

Subsume 1

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

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Relic, Vhils

Relic

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

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Triumph, Vhils

Triumph

Vhils

Print - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

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Oxymoron, Vhils

Oxymoron

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

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Predominate, Vhils

Predominate

Vhils

Print - 19.7 x 27.6 inch

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Amorphous, Vhils

Amorphous

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

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Core, Vhils

Core

Vhils

Print - 19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch

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Subsume #1, Vhils

Subsume #1

Vhils

Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

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Scratching the surface, Vhils

Scratching the surface

Vhils

Print - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

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Blight Series #5, Vhils

Blight Series #5

Vhils

Painting - 59.1 x 39.4 inch

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Fathomage Series #3, Vhils

Fathomage Series #3

Vhils

Painting - 71.7 x 48.8 inch

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Decrease 04, Vhils

Decrease 04

Vhils

Sculpture - 77.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch

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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.

Find this artist and many more in our collection of works by famous street artists.

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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