On my way to the LX Factory, I came upon one of Alexandre Farto’s (also known as Vhils) works. This Lisbon native is famous for his Scratching the Surface project, which showcases his ability to “uncover” art under urban spaces through carving, drilling, chiseling, etc.

His wall portraits are the most alluring for me because of their scope in size and poetic expression. I love that instead of a spray can, he chooses a hammer to shape existing surfaces to create such intricate works of art. Amazing.

Next time I go to Lisbon, I will have to go on a vhils-hunt through the city.



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