Vhils is the pseudonym of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (born in 1987), who has gained international recognition for his unique approach to street art. He is best known for his "subtractive" carving technique, where he meticulously chisels away at the surfaces of walls, billboards, and other urban structures to create intricate portraits and designs. Vhils grew up in Seixal, a suburb of Lisbon, and became involved in the local graffiti scene at a young age. He later studied at the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, and Byam Shaw School of Art, where he honed his skills and developed his signature style. His work explores themes such as identity, urban decay, and the impact of globalization on local cultures. By using public spaces and unconventional materials, Vhils aims to challenge traditional notions of art and provoke thought about the world we live in. Some of his most famous pieces include the iconic portrait of a young woman in Lisbon, a series of portraits in Shanghai, and his collaboration with famous street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London. Vhils' work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he has also created large-scale murals and installations for major events and organizations, such as the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the European Capital of Culture in Portugal.
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