"We always try to find a balance between abstraction, figuration and the colors in our compositions."
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (b. 1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early- to mid-2000s. An avid experimentalist, Vhils has been developing his personal aesthetics in a plurality of media besides his signature carving technique: from stencil painting to metal etching, from pyrotechnic explosions and video to sculptural installations.
The Special Guest’s Edition brings the opportunity for the artist to break the relationship between him and the spectator, and also the chance for users to build unique artworks combining Alex’s and Felipe’s pieces. Like his world-famous work, this edition blends different carving techniques, using various elements of paint on wood panels that form a total of 15 different pieces.
"I really enjoy working with talented people on innovative projects that help push us out of our comfort zones. This always leads to new paths and creations."
"Breaking rules, breaking down walls and barriers has been a constant focus in my work. I have always been very interested in the experimental side of things, in testing and expanding limits, be they my own creative limits or the limits of what seems possible to do with materials, techniques, tools, and mediums."