VHILS

Seixal / Portugal

Alexandre Farto, known as Vhils is a Portuguese visual artist. Mostly known for his highly unorthodox mediums in art, he carves, drills, and blasts to expose the layers in materials. It is through this method that he removes in order […]

Biography / VHILS

Alexandre Farto, known as Vhils is a Portuguese visual artist. Mostly known for his highly unorthodox mediums in art, he carves, drills, and blasts to expose the layers in materials. It is through this method that he removes in order to reveal the beauty in his art. Vhils has contributed his art in a 2015 Project M and his works are also featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’.

Vhils first began to acquaint himself with urban art through graffiti in the early 2000’s and has since developed to bring, quite literally, his art ‘to the surface’. His chiselled portraits are simply moving, depicting individuals on flaking walls evoke the viewer to wonder how this could simply have been done.

Vhils has been experimenting with other types of media to further develop the aesthetics of his art, venturing into stencil painting, metal etching, pyrotechnic explosions and sculptural installations. He has also expanded his art by directing a number of music videos, short films, and a stage production.