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Streets of Lisbon

All of my hereos have criminal records

All of my hereos have criminal records

What a great idea to visit the capital of Portugal at spring time when it`s 27 degrees and the sky is blue.

Of course, I wanted to enjoy the city life and all the sightseeing, but not without exploring the streets. The city is well known for street art. So here we go.

I admire VHILS. The portuguese artist`s siganture work are portraits which are scrached in surfaces like walls. So when I came to Lisbon I really wanted to see at least one of his peaces. I couldn’t spot one while the Street Art Tour, but was blessed with a great day out. On this sunny and hot day we walked three hours up and down the hills of this stunning city. The next day my legs hurt like hell. But all worth it.

 

Lisbon Street Art Tour

#Alice #ARYZ and some unknown artists

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Lucky Me

Have you heard of Fado, the typically Portuguese style of melancholy music? What people express in their music here in Lisbon is what VHILS seems to show in his pieces. Just one day before departure, on the way to the Belém Tower I saw out of a sudden one of his everyday heroes. And this is what made me feel really lucky. Actually, treasure hunting is not as much fun when taking a guided tour, but when by accident you make a great find. Look at this face…

Vhils

 

VHILS

`Vhils grew up in Seixal, an industrialised suburb across the river from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and was particularly influenced by the transformations brought on by the intensive urban development the country underwent in the 1980s and 1990s.

An avid experimentalist, he has been developing his notion of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media – from stencil painting to wall carving, from pyrotechnic explosions to 3D modelling – which have enabled him to expand the boundaries of visual expression.` (from his website)

A city guide`s up-to-date tip:
ALEXANDRE FARTO AKA VHILS NO TEATRO NACIONAL D. MARIA II

Watch an interview with Vhils Aka Alexandre Farto and see more of his art (partly in English with german subtitles)

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Swoon, Melbourne, 2011

New York… THE CITY, which I thought would blow my mind. Well it was an amazing trip and it was def fascinating, but in terms of my street art sightseeing I found less than I hoped to find. Don’t get me wrong, I found heaps, but not as much as in Melbourne or London. I expected every corner to be covered by urban art, but it just wasn’t. And yes, probably I just wasn’t in the right places, because I was too chicken… But normally I can sense street art and am not afraid to go in a little dark alley to find it eventually. This time was different… I will post the pictures soon…

For now, it is more important to talk about is this exhibition:
Submerged Motherlands

 



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Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

A short trip to the city of Gaudi?
Yes, please!

Whenever people talk about Barcelona their eyes light up. It’s a well known city of good food and design right on the beach. And that’s not even it. There is much more. The people are friendly, it’s clean and it has an awesome positive vibe. Also the Street Art Scene is very popular and it’s style remarkable.

In 2010 I guided a Street Art Tour in Cologne and thought there might be something like this in Barcelona. And there is, the Barcelona Street Style Tour, which I contacted straight away.

We met the guide on Easter Friday at the southwest side of the Arc De Triomf at 2pm for the “El Borne/ Gothic Quarter Street Excursion”. We were very lucky, as it was a bright and sunny day and the guide really showed us a great time. We walked two hours through the little alleys seeing sooo many pieces. Look what we found:

Alice

‘Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. ()’

Alice Pasquini

Alice Pasquini

 

C215

‘Christian Guémy, also known as C215 is a Parisian street artist focused on stencil graffiti. Born in 1973, C215 started spray painting in 2005 and is today one of the finest, and most productive stencil artists on the street art scene. ()’

C215

C215

 

CLET

Clet Abraham is a french artist who alters road signs in a very charming way. Often it’s political and funny.

CLET

CLET

 

Space Invader

Invader is a very well known french street artist who is famous for his mosaics all over the world.

Space Invader

Space Invader

 

Hcientouno (H101)

‘He started painting in 2002, experiencing the spray paint to capture his ideas in the wall, especially with politic meanings and shyly some tags. Then in the early 2005 he decided to dedicate his life to street art, using letters and numbers. ()’

H101

H101

 

Zach

We were vey impressed by his painting, which looked so natural and almoust real.

Zach

Zach

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