All Blog Posts Tagged 'Vhils' (14)

New Portraits Chiseled Out of Walls by Vhils

Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, is known for transforming old, worn down walls into incredibly lifelike, ephemeral portraits. The artist's unique form of sculpture relies on chipping and scraping away at the walls of old buildings. The result is a variation of colors and textures that form faces out of the positive and negative space.

This past summer, Vhils created…


Added by katie hosmer on October 19, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Amazing Three-Dimensional Topographical Portraits

It is not often that you find beauty in destruction, but street artist Vhils has mastered the poetic art of decay. The Portuguese street artist, whose work we're constantly…


Added by Pinar on December 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Che Guevara Carved Out from the Rubble

As a street artist with one of the most eccentric techniques, Vhils aka Alexandre Farto is back with another stunner he just completed for Switzerland's Festival Images in Vevey. His latest subject is Cuba's revolutionary icon Che Guevara. If you're not familiar with Vhils' technique, he uses drills, chisels and hammers to chip away…


Added by Eugene on September 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Beautiful Motherhood Mural Carved Out in Layers

Street artist Vhils has one of the most amazing styles I've ever seen. Chipping away at walls with a power drill, the Portuguese artist tore up three separate layers of a building to create one magnificent piece, which looks like a mother holding her (unseen) infant child. It was created…


Added by Eugene on August 9, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Chipping Away at Walls to Form Stunning Portraits

After a busy month, Portuguese street artist Vhils, aka Alexandre Farto, headed home to Lisbon to complete this new mural using his unique style. In a matter of days, the amazing artist used hammers to chip away at the wall, creating this exceptionally detailed portrait. He says his motivation for removing layers of walls in order to create his artwork is based on a deeper idea: “Our social system…


Added by katie hosmer on May 28, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Chiseled Wall Murals in Shanghai

Street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, doesn't simply paint or graffiti over stencils. The Portuguese artist breaks away at the side of buildings using a combination of chisels, jackhammers, acid, and explosives to produce his large-scale wall murals across the…


Added by Pinar on February 27, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

Beautiful Face Created Through Destruction

Portuguese-born street artist Vhils recently arrived in Los Angeles and literally hammered (and drilled) out another stunning piece. The new work coincides with the upcoming "European Bailout Show,” which is set to take place at the Post No Bills gallery on Thursday, July 28. No matter how… Continue

Added by Eugene on July 23, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Scratching the Surface to Spur a Movement

Urban street artist Vhils is at it again! We saw his latest work on the streets of Russia and, this time, he's left his mark in Berlin, Germany. Alexandre Farto is the actual name of this highly talented Portuguese street artist. His work is poetic and complex, often focusing on the needs we have… Continue

Added by Alyssa Anda on June 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Creation through Destruction


No matter how many times I see street artist Vhils' deconstructed walls, I'm still just as impressed as the first day I laid eyes on them. It's his process that I admire the most, how he uses common tools like a power drill and chisel or different types of paint, to… Continue

Added by Eugene on April 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Vhils Tears Up a Gallery (6 pics)

Although we're used to seeing Vhils' works on the street, we think it looks just as good in a gallery. The Lisbon-based artist recently opened up a show entitled Detritus at Gallery Presenca in Portugal. Vhils showcased his trademark pieces made from chiseled concrete, as well as pieces made… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 15, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Explosive Street Art by Vhils

We've seen Portuguese street artist Vhils use power drills and chisels to scratch the surface off buildings. Now, in this collaboration with Portuguese instrumental hip-hop band Orelha Negra, he takes his craft to a whole new level, this time using explosives to create incredible masterpieces.…


Added by Eugene on March 1, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Vhils + Conor Harrington - EuroTrash (7 pics)


Lazarides LA put together an impressive group show, titled EuroTrash, featuring four of Europe's hottest artists: JR, Conor Harrinton, Antony Micallef, and Vhils. Personally, I thought Vhils and Conor Harrinton's works really stood out.

Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils utilizes and manipulates a variety of surfaces to create his extraordinary vision. From the…


Added by Eugene on June 10, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Urban Street Art: Vhils Scratches the Surface (5 pics + video)

Portuguese-born Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is an amazing, super-talented street artist that you've probably never heard of. Using tools like a power drill, chisel, and different types of paint, Vhils literally scratches off the surface of buildings to create his masterpieces. His latest carved piece (above) was recently seen on the streets of Moscow, Russia.…


Added by Eugene on January 14, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Urban Street Art - Vhils and David Walker: Portugal

“I was recently invited by Vhils to Lisbon as a guest painter at the annual VSP (Visual Street Performance) show. VSP is an annual live painting event which takes place in the Portuguese cities of Porto and Lisbon. This year VSP took over a huge semi-derelict school in the heart of Lisbon to be decorated by a host of Portuguese talent, including Vhils, Hium,…


Added by Eugene on December 27, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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