Vhils’ art is poetic, complex, and ambitious. He penetrates through countless layers of posters, dirt, and plaster to set free the poetic images hidden beneath urban spaces. This is all done by drilling away old plaster relief forms.
Alexandre Farto (Also known as Vhils) was born in Portugal and grew up in the outskirts of Lisbon. He studied at the University of the Arts in London, Central Saint Martins, and Byam Shaw Fine Art Skills and Practices. He was raised during a period that was deeply affected by a revolution at that time, and it was then that he witnessed much destruction and the effects of the war.
Vhils gained prominence when one of his carved portraits was revealed alongside street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008. One of Vhils most popular forms of media is his relief portrait. These portraits are chiseled into plaster and brick walls all over the world. He also creates by dissecting poster ads and excavating walls. Other forms of media include collage, wheat-paste, wood, metal, installations, and more. Last but not least, Alexandre Farto is known for using etching acid, bleach, pneumatic drills, and other processes or street art tools to reveal a wall’s layers.
Vhils has two plaster relief pieces at VANDAL; the portraits of women’s faces watch over the dining room, aptly named The Gallery.