The Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (Vhils) opens the ‘Ethereal’ exhibition in Miami (United States) today at the GGA Gallery, located in the cultural complex Wynwood Walls, which includes an intervention on the front of the gallery.
‘Ethereal’, according to information released by the gallery, includes the ” occupation ” of the facade and 28 unique pieces “by an artist” known for their unique visual language, based on the removal of superficial layers of walls and other media with tools and techniques “.
The exhibition brings together “a unique selection of works on a wide range of media.”
“Some pieces that will be shown from the GGA Gallery were inspired by Miami,” the gallery says.
Vhils shared on Thursday in his account on the social network Instagram, images of the facade of the gallery, where he sculpted five faces.
The GGA Gallery is located in the cultural complex of Wynwood Walls, whose walls Vhils has left works on other occasions.
The ‘Ethereal’ exhibition is open until January 31.
Born in 1987, Alexandre Farto grew up in Seixal, where he started painting graffiti walls and trains at the age of 13, before going to London to study Fine Arts in Central Saint Martins.
He drew attention to ‘digging’ walls with portraits, a work that has been recognized nationally and internationally and has already led the artist to various corners of the world.
In addition to several creations in Portugal, he has worked in countries and territories such as Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Italy, the United States, Ukraine, Macao and Brazil.
In 2014, it inaugurated its first major exhibition in a national institution, the Museum of Electricity, in Lisbon: Dissection / Dissection attracted more than 65 thousand visitors in three months.
This year it was also marked by collaboration with the Irish band U2, for whom he created a video included in the visual project ‘Films of Innocence’, released in December 2014, and a complement to the album ‘Songs of Innocence’.
In 2015, his work reached the space, through the International Space Station, in the scope of the film ‘The sense of life’, of the director Miguel Gonçalves Mendes.
In June of this year, a work with portraits of three residents of the 6 de Maio neighbourhood in Amadora, which Vhils made in collaboration with a researcher in Urban Studies António Brito Guterres, was exhibited at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, in Lisbon. , in the last years, has developed works in several districts of the periphery of Lisbon.
In addition, in 2010, with the French Pauline Foessel, he founded the cultural platform Underdogs, which is divided between public art, paintings on the walls of the city, exhibitions inside doors, at No. 56 Fernando Palha Street in Lisbon, an old warehouse recovered and transformed into a gallery, and the production of original artistic editions.
The platform also has a shop, on the street of the Port of Lisbon Waiting, which also hosts exhibitions, and started in 2015 to organize guided tours of Urban Art in Lisbon.
Vhils is still one of the mentors of the Imminent Festival, which brings together music and art, was held for the first time in Oeiras in 2016, then in London in 2017 and this year, and Lisbon, where it was held for the first time last September in Panoramic of Monsanto, where it is will remain until 2020.
Next year, it will open the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art of Cascais, which is the result of a partnership between the Municipality of Cascais and Vhils.