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VHILS

destruction is a form of construction

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.

Groundbreaking carving technique  forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface project

Con su sorprendente y popular "arañando la superficie" trata de centrarse
en “el acto de destrucción para crear".

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. An ongoing reflection on identity, on life in
contemporary urban societies and their saturated environments, it explores themes such as
the struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demands of everyday life, or
the erosion of cultural uniqueness in the face of the dominant model of globalised
development and the increasingly uniform reality it has been imposing around the world. It
speaks of effacement but also of resistance, of destruction yet also of beauty in this
overwhelming setting, exploring the connections and contrasts, similarities and differences,
between global and local realities.

He was raised in Portugal, during a period that was deeply affected by the revolution at the
time. It was then that he witnessed much destruction and the effects of the war on the
walls. The Carnation Revolution of 1974 affected the outskirts of Lisbon and other parts of
Portugal.

“Scratching the Surface” is a specific project based on a carving technique applied to walls.
It is mostly a process by which an image is created by removing some of the layers that
form the wall, a type of reverse stenciling. In simple terms, I begin by projecting an image
or composition I’ve created and then mark out a simple sketch on the wall, painting another
two or three layers to give it depth and contrast. Then the carving itself begins, removing
some of these layers first with rotary hammer drills, followed by chisels and hammers for
the more fragile parts. The concept is to work with what the city provides, exposing some of
the history which these layers have absorbed over time while also humanizing derelict
spaces and giving people something to reflect about regarding the spaces they live in.

Vhils grew up in Seixal, an industrialised suburb across the river from Lisbon, the capital of
Portugal, and was deeply influenced by the transformations brought on by the intensive
urban development the country underwent in the 1980s and 1990s. He was particularly
inspired by the way city walls absorb the social and historical changes that take place
around them. Applying his original methods of creative destruction, Vhils digs into the
surface layers of our material culture like a contemporary urban archaeologist, exposing
what lies beyond the superficiality of things, restoring meaning and beauty to the discarded
dimensions buried beneath.

“Me gusta la idea de trabajar con la ciudad como materia prima, con el
objetivo de exponer la fragilidad de lo que damos por sentado que es
indestructible e inmutable. Mi objetivo al utilizar el ambiente urbano en sí
mismo es crear una parte de la obra e implicar a todas las personas que

LINKS PARA FIJARSE COSAS http://vhils.com (HAY FOTOS Y VIDEOS DE LOS EXPLOSIVOS) http://culturainquieta.com/work/explosives/ https://www. More recently. a way to humanize a cityscape by giving it a face of the ordinary.streetartbio.youtube. Vhils gained prominence when carved portrait was revealed alongside street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008.com/vhils http://vhils.com/work/walls/ https://www. we may be able to accomplish a more pure form.streetartbio.youtube.com/work/wood/ http://www.com . where the technique and its result become inseparable Vhils’ technique and tools evolve as a work in progress. Steve Lazarides. This entire process is very symbolical and he takes it as a semi-archaeological dissecting of layers of history and culture. The use of John and Jane Doe is Vhils’ response to the picture-perfect models presented by advertising.com/watch?v=HQ http://culturainquieta. Vhils originally sought subject matter in magazines and newspapers.viven en ese mismo espacio. Later.html https://www. y no de forma artificial. He insists that not knowing what patterns and images await him below the surface is key to his concept. Hacer que la intervención verdaderamente. he has been working from photographs taken by himself or his team.com/watch?v=- TX2wAzu3eA FUENTES http://vhils. forme parte del entorno. gave him additional space to create his street art carvings.com http://www. y espero que mi trabajo lo refleje.” Alexandre Farto believes that we are all composed of layers upon layers of social and historical fabric.com/es/arte/stree UUknfjqNY t-art/item/1988-alexandre-farto-aka- vhils. The very nature of his approach allows for discovering the unexpected as he removes layers of a wall or a poster. Banksy’s agent.com/watch?v=uH gcrNrkoio http://vhils.youtube. Our social system is the product of similar layers and by eliminating some of the top layers. Aprendo con todo. usually within the neighborhoods where they’re working. Vhils also values the idea of turning ordinary individuals into icons and that is the reason why many of his portraits are photographs of people found in magazines. His artistic philosophy follows the conversation begun by expressionists and abstract artists.

This incredible video is called Muto.com BLU FOLLOW THE LEADER: New mural by Blu in Buenos Aires. when Blu started painting with house paint. and Brazil. Argentina. The flock of people seem to be obediently following their leader. His works can be seen through the world and his style is easily recognizable. Guatemala. who looked as if they were borrowed from comics or arcade games. Blu's aesthetic search is motivated by a belief in an open source philosophy. Blu's fame began in 1999. thanks to a series of illicit graffiti painted in the historical center and suburbs of Bologna. since it pertained to the protests of workers in the banana plantations. and even landed a spot in a festival called “Murales de Octubre” which was done in Managua. sometimes sarcastic. This new solution allowed him to increase the painted surface area and convey a stronger intensity to his visual vocabulary. It features hundreds of figures with their eyes covered by one endless blindfold in the colours of the Argentine national flag. They are known to be “epic scale murals. using rollers mounted on top of telescopic sticks. he painted with other great artists from the across the world. the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. however. began appearing along the streets of Bologna around this time.stencilrevolution. Huge human figures. this work has also won many awards. The street art mural that he made in this location was very significant because wide audiences across the Internet were able to view it. Blu’s most famous artwork culminates in a silent graphic animation composed of hundreds of paintings on walls that apply to a seven minute animated mural. Blu spent his life traveling and painting across Central and South America.www. Argentina.[33] persistent in its anarchical revolt against contemporary art conventions and unique in beauty. where he visited countries such as Mexico. a dark figure. Over the next couple of years. Blu had the opportunity to travel to many destinations and was often invited to art festivals. the typical medium of graffiti culture. and can be found on YouTube with millions of views. Nicaragua. MUTOOOOOOOOOOOOO . The mural was quickly named “Hombre Banano”. In the early years of his career his technique was limited to the use of spray paint. who stands above them wearing a presidential sash and a suit and tie. Blu’s aesthetic search is motivated by a belief in an open source philosophy. His characteristic style appeared in 2001. sometimes dramatic. Because of its importance. His amazing work stands as truth against political events and other socialistic controversies in today’s modern age. This video took many months to create and was painted in the streets of Buenos Aires.” Blu prefers to paint his works around the urban and industrial landscape. At these festivals. In 2005. Costa Rica.

Very soon he started to explore a different kind of artistic communication in the street. He covered all of his murals in gray paint in protest of the exhibition at Palazzo Pepoli.I t a l i a n St r e e t Ar t i s t Bl u D e s t r o ys 2 0 Ye a r s o f H i s O wn W ork to Protes t Upcom ing Exhib ition Italian street artist Blu spent the weekend systematically destroying every artwork he had painted on the streets of Bologna over the past 20 years. In other words.streetartbio. he’s an extremely refined prankster. He has been present on Madrid street art scene since the mid-eighties.” which will feature some 250 street art works. commentary on urban reality and the interference in its communicative codes. so he started to work with other forms such as large posters. modified billboards and finally.” Blu continued. Self-taught artist. after having evacuated the places which functioned as laboratories for those artists. which is only going to please unscrupled [sic] collectors and merchants.html http://buenosairesstreetart.org/en/blu/video/5-0 http://blublu. train a CCTV camera on a pile of bricks and replace a public telephone with a banana.html FUENTES http://www. removed from their original public locations.org/sito/walls/001. “After having denounced and criminalized graffiti as vandalism. The murals scheduled for the exhibition were pulled off the streets with the intention of “salvaging them from demolition and preserving them from the injuries of time. now Bologna’s powers-that-be pose as the saviors of street art. His interventions take form of a word play with the high impact capacity.” LINKS PARA FIJARSE COSAS http://blublu. .org/sito/walls/2011/007. “This exhibition will embellish and legitimize the hoarding of art taken off the street.com Blu animations and other videos SpY SpY is a Spanish urban artist whose work involves the appropriation urban elements through transformation or replication.com/2011/11/blu-in-buenos-aires/ http://theinfluencers. SpY was one of the leaders of the Spanish graffiti scene of the nineties. after having oppressed the youth culture that created them.” according to the press release. including some of his o wn pieces. SpY will turn a half pipe into a football pitch. and today he is sometimes even called Spanish Banksy by the press and urban art lovers. “Street Art: Banksy & Co. his famous interventions.

facebook. there is no defined method. and the people behind it.widewalls. as it was for him a school of incalculable value. INSTALACION DE CAMARAS DE SEGURIDAD An artist has made a wry comment on the inordinate ubiquity of surveillance in cities by installing 150 CCTV cameras on a single wall. from the idea to the location. Of his latest work. Holland. Germany. And. All parts are presented as a new challenge. Egypt. As most of his colleagues. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor.com/SpY-urbanart-355817714564851/ http://spy-urbanart.com/galeria. LOVE and THINK… Most of his production comes from the simple observation of the city and an appreciation of its components. all pointing at nothing in particular. hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised.co. His artistic idea and motive is best described as intention to transmit simple ideas in a form of irony. Sweden. both artistically and in life. SpY has been leaving his messages all around the world: France. Words like READ. Mexico. they see the work as a romantic act and will take part of the intervention with them.com/2013/12/humorous-street-art-and-urban-interventions-by-spy/ http://www. SpY told MailOnline in a statement: 'The piece invites reflection about our present and daily interaction with technology and who is behind. has arranged the cameras in a regular pattern on a plain building overlooking a quiet road in Madrid. Jordan. They are small bits of intention that make the person who receives them see their routine as an urbanite hatching.ekosystem. 'I like to generate some type of reaction with my work. Each intervention requires new procedures. The irony and humor create an open dialogue and suggest that the work communicates something that every passerby can feel identified with. incite reflection.Even though his art expression evolved to brave contemporary conceptual art. SpY criticizes the society. 'If the passer-by who sees the piece likes it.thisiscolossal.misgafasdepasta. Irony and humour is a way to make the receiver an accomplice. they appear to raise a smile.uk . His pieces are like pinches of intention. he never gave up his roots – graffiti. I try to awake and create a more lucid conscience with my interventions.dailymail. production of the work and documentation. above all – especially intensive and prolonged exercise in observation of the urban environment training. and in the same time he is sending the message of how to improve ourselves. The cameras are a symbol that represents it. and to favor an enlightened conscience. He says the installation is meant to provoke passers-by into reflecting on their daily interactions with surveillance technology.ch http://spy-urbanart. Spain. Belgium. Street artist SpY.php?sec=2 http://www. known to some as the 'Spanish Banksy'.org/tag/spy FUENTES http://www.' LINKS PARA FIJARSE COSAS https://www. however it is clear that we are surrounded by devices that act as tools of surveillance. create a dialogue and make one think that the work communicates something with which one identifies. development. sometimes even just through words written on the buildings. Where he is a true master is when it comes to exploit the possibilities through a constructive attitude and intervention. Italy.com //www.com/spy-street-art-ironia/ http://www. and USA.

Yoro’s hyperrealistic portraits typically feature a simple pattern of stripes on the women’s neck. usually working on abandoned or forgotten walls. Hula’s work often leaves you feeling an array of emotions while proposing an environmental discussion. abandoned docks and forgotten walls. but his galleries can’t be found in any fine art museums. Whether in his studio or on public walls. I wanted to show how people interact to their scars and. the beauty and importance of them. Many of his canvases are technically illegal. Merging his backgrounds in both street and fine art. “I loved the look. usually working on shipwrecks. his paintings primarily focus on realistic female figures while capturing a range of emotions. Sean Yoro is an artist on the fringes. HULA Self-taught artist Sean Yoro. Influenced by artists of the Renaissance. Hula strives to bring life to empty places. which sparked a larger environmental discussion. more importantly. Hula works entirely with oil paint and uses traditional techniques to create soft. He does fine art. Hula took to the water to create semi-submerged murals. The tattoos were inspired by some of Yoro’s older portraits. Since then many of his pieces have suggested climate change issues at the root of their message. He does street art.” he said. when the release of his unique water murals became widely publicized. In 2015 HULA became widely known and publicized for his viral iceberg murals. though all of them drastically improve the aesthetics of their surrounding environments. so I combined traditional Hawaiian tribal patterns with the same playful paint-like texture to make tattoos on the figures. “They represented the unique scars from life we all have and carry with us.” he added. made with alkali-refined linseed oil or safflower oil and natural pigments. which showed women with their hands covered in paint and marked with stripes. broke into the street art world in 2015. “like patterns from their fingers dragging. while balancing on his stand up paddleboard.” . Influenced by his love of the ocean. Hula strives to bring life to empty spaces. but he doesn’t work on the street. All oil paints and mediums used for each project are completely non-toxic. Hula was self taught the techniques he uses with his oil paints. female figures interacting with the surface of the water. arm or face. Yoro paints by way of paddleboard—the first artist of his kind—and his work has captivated an eclectic array of audiences across the globe.

youtube.com/watch?v=3tO3HnIGihw https://www. they’re also only temporary.huffingtonpost.” he told HuffPost. “It feels natural to create these paintings and let them go. “I love the aging process and what nature does to the paintings.com OBEY His art is distinctly political.While Yoro’s wall portraits are haunting.youtube.com/ www.com/watch?v=YzSbyxlHHQY http://www.com/ https://www. A longtime skateboarder. he began experimenting with using stickers on stop signs and walls.html FUENTES http://byhula. Shepard easily became absorbed in the world of street art.huffingtonpost.” LINKS PARA FIJARSE COSAS http://byhula. Because he uses oil paints — as opposed to longer-lasting acrylic paints — the images will decay over time. But he doesn’t mind.com/2015/06/03/sean-yoro-water-portraits_n_7489418. EDGAR MÜLLER Es un pintor callejero alemán muy conocido por sus efectos ilusionistas tridimensionales . and while he was still attending school. and Fairey frequently supports social causes and opposes corporate influence.

YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=3SNYTD0AYT0 .and get to see their reactions. and prone to changes in weather. his three-dimensional paintings becomes the perfect illusions.com/pics/edgar-mueller/ https://hubpages. Here is what Edgar Mueller has to say when questioned about the effect he wants his street paintings to have on people: “Beside the personal messages.com/art/The-Best-of-Street-Art HTTPS://WWW. and also pose for photos. He paints over large areas of urban public life and gives them a new appearance. The paintings are also temporary.3D pavement art is labelled as a type of performance art in that artists work in view of the general public and people passing by . http://weburbanist. questions and sometimes answers in my paintings I'm questioning experienced daily perception of people by changing the appearance of public places.” He uses washable paint or chalk with the street as his huge canvas. These people often participate with the art piece by standing near the edge as if trying to avoid falling in. If one looks from the right spot. thereby challenging the perceptions of those who pass by.

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