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Boom! goes the dynamite - Vhils sees his name up in...gunpowder


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Boom! goes the dynamite - Vhils sees his name up in...gunpowder

In the world of street art Banksy may be king, but Portuguese visual artist Alexandre Farto is also making a big noise, a very big noise.

His technique is explosive, using gunpowder to engrave walls under his nom de guerre, Vhils. He has put on exhibitions in Macao and Beijing, is organising the music and art festival “Iminente” in London and in Lisbon, where his latest project is a new public work in collaboration with Shepard Fairey, aka Obey Giant, who created Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster.


We asked Vhils where his name comes from.

“Vhils comes from the time when I would do graffiti and those were the letters I could draw quicker and which I most liked to draw. So the name stayed. The work evolved, but the name stayed,” he says.

“I started with graffiti, that’s my background, my school. Starting from there, I started studying new methods, from stencils to this new concept of extraction. Instead of adding something to the wall, I take something from the wall.”


His partnership with Fairey is a long-standing one.

“Working with Shepard Fairey was a big honor, he’s a reference. He started in 88 or 89. Besides, he’s not just someone I admire very much, he’s very humble and hard-working. He has an enormous force to believe in this urban art movement.”


“Lisbon and other cities around the world have new images on their walls, and also a new name: Vhils,” reports euronews’ Ricardo Figueira. “He is a complete artist who goes far beyond what we call “street art”.


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