Vhils, whose real name is Alexandre Farto, is a Portuguese street artist who has become famous and respected in the art scene for his impeccable chiseled wall art. Fragment Urbains and Decombres are the two solo exhibitions that he showcased in Paris, France and amazed the visitors. He has been interacting with the urban environment since the mid-’00s when he was writing graffiti in the streets. He later started scratching the surface of the buildings that he was writing on and created his very unique style.
His work was first shown to the public in 2007 and it was considered as the most groundbreaking street art in the past decade.
His work has been showcased in both indoor and outdoor settings and has been described as brutal and complex.
Vhils’ work explores the themes of struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demands of everyday life and the erosion of cultural uniqueness.
His work is a continuing conversation between the difference and similarities or the global and local realities.
Visitors of his exhibitions have said that his work is unique because the faces of his works change depending on where you’re standing and how the light throws itself on them.
What is the most obvious in his work is the fragility of his ‘models’. They all look like they could fall apart any moment.
Since 2005, Vhils has shown his work in over 30 countries, having made site-specific art interventions and participated in artistic events and projects.
From stencil painting to metal etching, from pyrotechnic explosions and video to sculptural installations, Vhils has experimented with various art forms, where he always tries to develop his own, unique aesthetic.