Vhils is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional artists on the urban art scene today. The young, internationally acclaimed artist uses a highly technical skill, infused with contemporary finesse, to create unique portraits and artworks. His distinct style not only employs the use of paint and traditional materials, but also involves carving, drilling, scratching, ripping, and even blasting the images out of walls, leaving behind a breathtaking array of urban artistry.
Vhils' approach spans beyond the use of pure creative flair and expands extensively into a methodology of archeological meticulousness, penetrating countless layers of posters, dirt, and plaster to unveil the portrait hidden in urban spaces. Alexandre Farto, known by the alias Vhils, began developing his unusual style at an incredibly young age, just 13 years old, as a graffiti artist on the streets of his Portuguese homeland.
His acclaimed work has been exhibited internationally, capturing the hearts and minds of enthusiasts and critics alike. His works and techniques have also appeared in various publications, including on the cover of the venerable Times. It is no surprise that this book, which is his first monograph, is celebrated in the urban and traditional art world for its visual depth and historical importance.
About the Artist:
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka VHILS (b. 1987) has developed a unique visual language based on the removal of the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools and techniques, establishing symbolic reflections on identity, life in the urban context, the passage of time, and the relationship of interdependence between people and the surrounding environment. His groundbreaking carving technique has been met with critical acclaim. Since 2005 he has been presenting his work around the world in solo and group exhibitions, art events, institutions, and site-specific interventions. He has also taken part in some of the most prestigious contemporary and urban art projects and is represented in several public and private collections in various countries.