Vhils standing in front of a mixed media artwork as he glances to the side


Disrupting urban space with large-scale portraits of everyday heroes.

"With my work, I try to delve into the several layers that compose the edifice of history."

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils creates enormous mural-esque portraits that draw from his own political context, and question the relationship between the individual and the globalised world. At the heart of Vhils’ practice is destruction, creation and the city. His trademark technique uses hand and power tools to hack, scrape and carve urban surfaces that emerge into representational portraits of predo...

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Vhils, real name Alexandre Farto, was born in 1987 on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. He now splits his time between Lisbon and London, UK.


He first rose to prominence in 2008 when he exhibited alongside Banksy at The Cans Festival, a one-off street art festival staged in London.


The artist's list of collaborators stretches from prestigious institutions like Paris' Centre Pompidou and London's Barbican Centre to communities in Cape Verde and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Collaborations with Vhils

Avant Arte and Vhils have one upcoming collaboration.