Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is an artist from Lisbon, Portugal. The son of a dissident in Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, Vhils first rose to prominence when one of his portraits appeared next to a work by Banksy at the 2008 Cans Festival in London. Now, at 25, he’s the youngest artist represented by Banksy’s agent, Steve Lazarides. [Source: The Atlantic]
Vhils works in a variety of mediums but he is well known for his chiseled wall portraits of ordinary citizens. Through a combination of paint, chiseling and negative space, Vhils portraits come to life, projecting from the walls like a relief painting. Be sure to check out his personal website, alexandrefarto.com to see all of his fascinating artwork. There’s also a video at the bottom of the post that documents the process he uses to create his chiseled wall portraits.
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