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VHILS is the tag name of Portuguese graffiti/street artist Alexandre Farto (born in 1987) He gained prominence when his work of a face carved into a wall appeared alongside a picture by street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times. He was later given space to show his work by Banksy's agent, Steve Lazarides. Several of his works were featured in Outsiders, a collection of street art published by Century, 2008. He is also shown by Vera Cortes and Magda Danysz Gallery.

"Renovating the urban environment much like JR, is the innovative Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. He manipulates a variety of surfaces to create his extraordinary vision. From the brick facade of buildings to peeling off layered flyposters, he reveals images that explore the sub-cultures and dynamism of a city. " (Juxtapoz Magazine) "Generations meet and fall apart. Cultures are compelled to flow into big cities and gather there, the “Western bastion”, a world of dreamt opportunities that steals our roots, identity layers that overlap and are diluted, certain to create a new culture and to thin our essence, the path we want to follow is the one that leads us towards forgetting the place we came from…" (Lafamiglia Magazine) “With my work, I try to delve into the several layers that compose the edifice of history, to take the shadows cast by this model of uniform development to try and understand what lies behind it.” (Vhils) “In this act of excavating, it’s the process itself which is expressive, more than the final result. It’s a process of trying to reflect upon our own layers.” (Vhils)

Lives and works in London and Lisboa Studies 2007-2008 University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins, Byam Shaw Fine Art Skills and Practices Solo shows 2012 - Shadows and Reflections, 18 Gallery - Magda Danysz, Shanghai 2009 - Scratching the surface, Lazarides, Londron 2008 - Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat, Vera Cortes Agencia de Arte, Lisbon Group shows 2011 - Shadows and Reflections, Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris - MACE, Museu de arte contemporânea de Elvas, Alexandre Estrela, Alexandre Farto Aka Vhils, Ana Rito, Isabel Simões, João Louro, Luís Palma, Maria Lusitano, Marta Soares, Mauro Cerqueira, Miguel Ângelo Rocha, ±MAISMENOS±, Nuno Sousa Vieira, Pedro Barateiro, Rodrigo Oliveira e Rui Chafes 2010 -Underdogs: Vera Cortes Art Agency, Mar, Ram, Smart Bastard, Vhils, Adres, Sphiza, Kusca, Tosco -NuArt 2010 Festival , Norway: Blu, Vhils, Roa, Dolk, Ericailcane, Evol, M-city, Sten Lex, DotMasters, Alexandros Vasmoulakis. -Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - - -- MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CA. ft. Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff[CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.),

Jonathan Yeo. Vila Franca De Xira. Antony Micallef. Hbsr. Eith And Boris Hoppek (Spain) 2005 . 11 Rathbone Place.Graffiti Show. Jonathan Yeo. Shepard Fairey (U. Time And Mar) . Portugal 2004 .The Cans Festival. David Choe. Uber. Vera Cortes Art Agency. . Mode 2. Portugal 2003 . . Vhils.Exposição *04. Portugal . Polly Morgan.Visual Street Performance III. Vhils.K). John Grider. Mode 2. Alcobaça.Visual Street Performance. Klit. Orticancvoodles. 2009 . Zevs. Polly Morgan. Speedy.Outsiders. Eine. Eelus and Banksy ] 2007 . Mark Jenkins.Fame Festival 2009. Paul Insect. Alexandre Farto. Group Exhibition.K) ] 2007 . Miratejo. Susana Mendes Silva. Oficina da Juventude. Vhils–Alexandre Farto-. Borf and Ian Francis . Dan.Griffters.S. Smile. Antony Micaleff. C215. Other participating artists included Klit. Faile. Blu (Italy). Time e Vhils (Alexandre Farto). Portugal . 320 North Beverly Drive. Nurea and Glam . Word To Mother (U. já o não tenho”. Klit. Btoy. Los Angeles. Bray. Roadsworth. Mark Jenkins. Miranda Donovan.Grow-up. Jana (Brazil).VHILS Ryan McGinness (U. BAST.Visual Street Performance II. Bairro Alto. Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas. Bandit. Swoon (U. Lisbon . Kaagman. Invader. Tom Civil (civilian).Alexandre Farto. Vexta. StolenSpace Gallery. London.Under A Red Sky.Visual Street Performance 2009. [ artists: Bsas Stencil.S) & Andrew McAttee (U. Vhils (Portugal) . Primary School of Rua das Gaivotas. Miranda Donovan.). Antony Micallef. Polly Morgan. Zevs.Compact Life. Os Gemeos (Brazil). Lazarides Gallery. Time And Mar). Altocontraste. Todd James. Vhils. Lisbon Site-specific 2010 -ArtBo art fair: Bogotá. Hium.¼ De Graff #2. Ram. Borf and Ian Francis ] . David Choe. JR. Invader.Fame Festival 2010.Interpress. Mode 2. Faile. Conor Harrington. Portugal . Time and Mar. David Walker. Conor Harrington. Lisbon. Sten. Group Exhibition With Ram And Mosaik. James Dodd (dlux). Blek. O passado.Eurotrash. exhibition By The Collective (Hbsr.Vhils (Portugal). PRM crew and Maclaim ] 2006 . Grottaglie South Italy.Graffiti2005. Lisbon 2 .S. Bes Arte e Finança. Jr. Run Don’t Walk. Hium. Grottaglie South Italy . Conor Harrington. Blu. Kayo. Vhils–Alexandre Farto-. I am From Lx. Susana Anágua. Culturgest. Logan Hicks. Kaos. Lucamaleonte. BAST. Prism. 3D Del Naja. Hábitos de Rua. Conor Harrington. Vhils. JR. Promontório Galeria. Mosaik.8th Young Painters Prize Show. Lisbon . East London [ artists: Vitche (Brazil). Lex.Visual Street Performance 2007. Exhibition By The Collective (Hbsr. Group Exhibition. . Ram. Klit. Todd James. Bairro Alto.Arte Urbana. Participations and Workshops. Lazarides Gallery. Vasco Araújo. Jonathan Yeo.Building 3 steps (Alexandre Farto | Miguel Maurício). Ram. Lisbon [ Collective “VSP” Exhibition Hbsr. Dolk. New York [ artists: Faile. Hium. Moris (Mexico). Invader. Coolture. Dot masters. Time And Mar) – Fábrica do Braço de Prata. Lisbon. Lisboa. Vera Cortes Art Agency . Antony Micallef. --“Arte em Movimento” Carris. exhibition by the Collective (Hbsr. Borbo. Ram.Re-installation of Building 3 steps in MACE. Borf and Ian Francis 2008 .). Also Featuring The American Photographer Martha Cooper. Pobel. Odivelas. Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. Paul Insect. Klit. Interpress. Artiste-Ouvrier. Klit. Chure. Miranda Donovan. Zevs. Daniel Melim. BAST. Braço de Prata Factory. 11 Rathbone Place. Entrance of ABBC building 2008 . Mar. Hium. Vhils . Blu. JR. David Choe. Braço de Prata. London. Hium. 2009 “O futuro não conheço.Centro Cultural Maus Hábitos. Sadhu. Lazarides Gallery. Mark Jenkins. Blu. Centro Cultural Malaposta. Hium. Faile. Todd James. Group Exhibition. M-City. Paul Insect. Escola Adães Bermudes. Pure Evil. with: HBSR. Lazarides. Schhh. Sam3. Ram.

Arte Lisboa 2006 3 Sources • • • • • • • http://www.VHILS 2006 .com/london_art_news/featured-galleries/ event promoted by Jason http://www. Lisbon .woostercollective. together with Martinha Maia. Hotel Ritz.php http://www.independent.alexandrefarto.Scaling the Great Wall of China.Intervention at the Vera Cortês Stand.art2bank.html?action=Popup&ino=9 .uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/ inside-the-world-of-the-outsiders-art-movement-974171.html http://www.woostercollective.

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