Creative Destruction

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Street archaeology meets experimental destruction. Fucking incredible. Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is a Portuguese graffiti/street artist who lives and works in London and Lisbon. This kid is a gem. His expertise is destroying things to make them beautiful. He truly is a creative soul. I wish you the very best Vhils, you’re one of my favorite street artists in the world.

Vhils is inspired by urban decay, partially due to the fact that he immersed his life in graffiti at the early age of 10. He began painting graffiti at the age of 13 and chose the name Vhils because the letters all flow together. After exploring the world of graffiti, stencil art struck his fancy which later led to many other forms of street art including the large murals and collaged portraits you see below. Power tools, paint, explosives, hand tools, and bleach — sounds like fun, right?

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“So from using household bleach to corrode screen prints, I eventually ended up using explosives to carve pictures on walls. Who knows where it will all end…” -Vhils

alexandrefarto.com