Deconstructed murals by Vhils


Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris, Lisbon and Los Angeles to name a few. The artist says, “I believe that, as social animals, we are all composed and shaped by a variety of different influences which are layered onto us… This same environment can also be seen as being composed by a vast amount of layers which have shaped it into what it is today. I believe that by removing some of these layers and leaving other, deeper and therefore older, layers, we can expose some of the things which have been forgotten or discarded along the way. Some of these might be truly important or valuable, or even just interesting or whatever. These lost memories compose who we are today.” Via Inspiration Green

Alexandre FartoFestival Avant Garde Urbano, Tudela de Navarra, Spain

Alexandre FartoWalk & Talk Festival 2012, Azores, Portugal

Alexandre FartoShanghai, China

Alexandre FartoMilestone Project, Girona, Spain

Alexandre FartoNuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway

Alexandre FartoShanghai, China

Images via Alexandre Farto

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).