Vhils has been developing a very unique visual language, starting out from the more illegal and interventive side of graffiti, working the removal of surface layers of walls, objects and other, non-conventional media, which aim symbolically to establish a relation of continuity between cultural and social disparities.
VHILS’s artwork is a revolution in the stencil technique in its use of unusual tools. Through the destruction of walls, he explores the layers of urban space and its history. Old papers, worn out posters, wood panels, brick walls are attacked with chisels, jackhammer, acid, or explosives, in order to sculpt his stencil on the wall. VHILS’s portraits underline an important contrast between new and ancient; he makes visible the inside face of these buildings. VHILS tries to give a new face to the city which is, for him, a ground of popular inspirations.
It was what happens at Aveiro: a dazzling face carved into a wall appeared in front of Aveiro’s Railway Station.
Prestigious street artist Bordallo II was invited by the Municipality of Estarreja, bird-watching destination, to create an inspiring work and so the breath-taking “Guarda-rios” (Kingfisher) was born. This work can be seen in the municipal park of Antuã, in Estarreja. Along with worldwide acclaimed street artist VHILS, Bordallo II was considered by Street Art News one of the best urban artists in the world. This installation – “Guarda-rios” – depicting a colourful Kingfisher that can be seen in this beautiful region scored the 9th place on WideWalls Top100!
In 2016, the municipality of Estarreja has organised the 1st edition of the Urban Art Festival ESTAU, bringing community and art together through several ways, such as mural painting, installations, workshops, movies, conferences, guided visits and performances.
Figueira da Foz
It’s amazing how street art can give a whole new life to cities and during FUSING Culture Experience, the city of Figueira da Foz became even more appealing and vibrant! Curated by WOOL, the street artist Add Fuel has conceived a fantastic mural made of typical Portuguese tiles in a beautiful area of the city. But there’s s much to discover!
No doubt that the city of Covilhã is becoming the centre of urban art in the region of Centro de Portugal thanks to the creative action of Wool Fest – Covilhã Art Festival. This Festival honours Covilhã’s glorious past as one of the most important wool-producing cities in Portugal and aims to be a major urban art reference in the country. Wool Fest organises regular events, filling the walls of the city with colourful paints deeply related to the wool theme. The city of Covilhã will never be the same!
Viseu is famous for its rich historical heritage, along with a unique gastronomy and outstanding wines. But there’s more to it! Old buildings, once abandoned or somehow forgotten, are now bursting with life and colour thanks to the creative work of several street artists who were invited by the municipality to leave their incredible mark in the city. The motto of the street art interventions in Viseu was the wine, since Viseu is the heart of Dão wine region, known for its remarkable wines that seduce wine lovers from all over the globe.