Portuguese street art
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.