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Por­tuguese street art

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Re­cy­cled garbage, us­ing the sur­face of build­ings to form part of the art­work and sten­cilling are all part of the bur­geon­ing street art that you can find in Lis­bon and the vil­lages of Cen­tral Por­tu­gal. They pop up un­ex­pect­edly and are a de­light to dis­cover.

Por­tuguese artist Bordalo II has a num­ber of styles of street art, but all are de­signed to pro­voke and com­ment on the world we live in to­day. One of his meth­ods is to cre­ate, recre­ate, as­sem­ble and de­velop ideas with endof-life ma­te­rial ie garbage, to com­ment on sus­tain­abil­ity, ecol­ogy and so­cial aware­ness. His se­ries, Trash An­i­mals, aims to draw at­ten­tion to the cur­rent prob­lem of waste pro­duc­tion. He de­picts na­ture it­self, out of ma­te­ri­als that are re­spon­si­ble for its de­struc­tion. His works are found in Lis­bon and world­wide.

This paint­ing in Coim­bra is by Por­tuguese artist Sam­ina. Self taught, he has ex­per­i­mented with graf­fiti art since the age of 14, in­clud­ing the use of sten­cils, and his style is now a com­bi­na­tion of his in­ter­ests in ar­chi­tec­ture (he did a de­gree), graphic de­sign and sten­cilling.

For the last eight years he has col­lab­o­rated with many other artists and pro­duced work in sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing Spain, France, The Nether­lands, Brazil, Turkey and In­dia. In Port­gual you can also find him in Viseu and as a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in the Wool Fes­ti­val in Covilhã.

A face watches you in Aveiro... This is by street artist Alexan­dre Farto, born in Lis­bon, but is known in Europe as VHILS. His art is very dif­fer­ent in tech­nique to his fel­low artists - it is called ‘scratch­ing the sur­face’ and the artist takes it quite lit­er­ally: he cre­ates his art works on huge façades by us­ing drills, acid and even ex­plo­sives.

VHILS has en­gaged in ur­ban art projects all over the globe. He was also in­vited by the Ir­ish band U2 to pro­duce one of their videos.

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