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Vhils in 2017 in Beja.jpg
Vhils in 2017 in Beja, Portugal
Alexandre Farto

1987 (age 34–35)
EducationByam Shaw School of Art
StyleStreet art

Vhils (born 1987) is the tag name of Portuguese graffiti and street artist Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto.


Alexandre Farto was born in Portugal in 1987.[1] He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Vhils lives and works in London and Lisbon. He gained prominence when his work of a face carved into a wall appeared alongside a picture by street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008.[2] A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times.

He was later given space to show his work by Banksy's agent, Steve Lazarides. Several of his works were published in 2008.[3] He is also shown by Vera Cortes and the Magda Danysz Gallery.

During Fremantle's 2013 Fremantle Street Arts Festival, the Norfolk Hotel was decorated with an original image of the first Australian female senator. The image of Dame Dorothy Tangney DBE was created by Vhils and his assistants.[4]

Luxembourg Freeport, an art storage facility opened in 2014, includes a large mural by Vhils, etched into one of the atrium concrete walls.[5]

Vhils has taken[6] to several places of the world, trying to reveal the stories inside the walls.

Main Work[edit]


Solo shows[edit]

  • 2021, Latency - Danysz Gallery, Shanghai
  • 2021, Trace - Fluctuart, Paris [7]
  • 2021, Portal - MAGMA Gallery, Bologna
  • 2021, Fenestra - Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon [8]
  • 2020, Haze - Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati [9]
  • 2020, Momentum - Danysz gallery, Paris [10]
  • 2019, Realm - Galerie Danysz, Shanghai [11]
  • 2019, Panorama - Arsham/Fieg Gallery, New York
  • 2019, Incisão - CAIXA Cultural Brasília, Brasilia
  • 2018, Fragments Urbains - Le Centquatre, Paris
  • 2017, Vhils X CAFA Museum - Pékin, Beijing[12]
  • 2015, Dissonance, Lazarides, London[13]
  • 2014, Vestiges, Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris[14]
  • 2012, Entropy, Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris
  • 2012, Vera Cortes, Lisbon
  • 2012, Visceral, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai
  • 2009, Scratching the surface, Lazarides, London
  • 2008, Even if you win the rat race


National Honours[edit]



  1. ^ "Street artisy Vhils carves wall structures". KhaleeJesque.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ Greenwood, Michael (2019-02-12). "Banksy told fellow artists to meet him in a tunnel and the result was stunning". mirror. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. ^ Steve Lazarides (27 October 2008). "Inside the world of the Outsiders art movement". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ Vhils New Mural In Fremantle, Australia, Street Art News, 3 March 2013, accessed 15 August 2013
  5. ^ "Atelier d'Architecture 3BM3 completes concrete tax haven for artworks in Luxembourg". De Zeen. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ his art his art
  7. ^ Lusa. "Exhibitions by Portuguese- speaking artists liven up the Parisian summer". The Portugal News. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  8. ^ Horta, Bruno. "De Xangai a Lisboa. Vhils filmou "o impacto da globalização" e revela "tudo o que mudou" com a pandemia". O observador. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Momentum / Vhils Solo show". que faire paris. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  11. ^ Lusa. "Português Vhils inaugura exposição a solo em Xangai". Radio Latina. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Magda Danysz, Paris, André Saraiva, Liu Bolin, Gael Davrinche, Faile, Shepard Fairey, Futura, JR, Li Hongbo, Ludo, Maleonn, James McNabb, Prune Nourry, Erwin Olaf, Felipe Pantone, Marion Peck, Charles Petillon, Abdul Rahman Katanani, Swoon , Vhils, Wang Keping, Yang Yongliang, YZ, Zevs, Zhang Dali". magdagallery.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  13. ^ "Lazarides – Dissonance". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Vhils - Vestiges, Vhils". Magda Danysz (in French). Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  15. ^ "ENTIDADES NACIONAIS AGRACIADAS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS - Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas". www.ordens.presidencia.pt. Search result for "Alexandre Farto". Retrieved 2020-01-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

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