Alexandre Farto aka Vhils
Alexandre Farto/Vhils (1987) has developed a unique visual language based on the removal of the superficial layers of walls and other surfaces using non-conventional tools and techniques, establishing symbolic reflections on identity, the interdependent relationships between people and their surroundings, and life in contemporary urban society, as well as how society is impacted by development, material transformations, and the passage of time. He began interacting with urban space by practicing graffiti in the early 2000s, influenced by the transformations caused by the intense urban development Portugal underwent in the 80s and 90s. Since 2005, he has presented his work around the world in solo and group exhibitions, site-specific interventions, events, and artistic projects in various contexts – from community projects in favelas in Rio de Janeiro to collaborations with prestigious artistic institutions and museums such as Fundação EDP (Lisbon), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Barbican Centre (London), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), among others. His “Scratching the surface” project is based on his innovative technique of low relief. An avid experimenter, Vhils has developed his personal aesthetics using a multiplicity of mediums: from stencilling to engraving on metal, and from pyrotechnical explosions and video to sculptural installations.
Vhils works with several renowned galleries, including Vera Cortês Gallery (Portugal), Lazarides Gallery (London), and Magda Danysz Gallery (France and China). His work is part of private and public collections in several countries.
He currently divides his time between Lisbon and Hong Kong.