alexandre farto: subtractive wall art
alexandre farto: subtractive wall art alexandre farto: subtractive wall art
may 26, 2011

alexandre farto: subtractive wall art

work by alexandre farto (vhils), at the ‘viva la revolucion’ exhibit at san diego’s museum of contemporary art

portuguese-born, london-based artist alexandre farto (vhils) creates arresting portraits by breaking away pieces of walls.
he takes his subtractive art to not only galleries and exhibition spaces but also the streets, creating larger-than-life figures
in the midst of urban and underused space.
farto generally first sketches out each piece in spraypaint, before beginning the painstaking process of chipping, sawing,
and drilling away at the wall to various depths. he will often add additional colour or shading to the newly exposed portions
of the wall, creating a visual interplay between the untouched surface, original painted figure, and layers of underlying material.
in addition to work on walls, farto has series of subtractive portraits done by tearing away portions of billboards and posters,
as well as in metal and wood.

‘tunnel drunk punch’ by alexandre farto

video documentation of the creation of one of his pieces

via gizmodo

  • Vraiment, vraiment génial ! Superbe travaille

    Jean-Pierre Pérusse says:
  • great

    mosheron says:
  • wow!

    it has that quality of palimpsest you find in layers of grafitti, but with a far more haunting quality – I imagine it’s absloutely stunning in person

    dbkii says:
  • very nice

    nice guy says:
  • Banksy -look, at last a rival to challenge your genius.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • amazing work! congrats!

    nina says:
  • incredible art. terrible video

    OmiOmiO says:
  • talented artist, unfortunate name

    farto says:
  • Vi uma exposição dele no Porto , muito bom mesmo.

    Neourb says:
  • Very exciting, good!!!!I love it

    smich says:
  • jesus.. his name is FARTO… bloody hell.. he must have loved school

    rosco says:
  • Now this is wall art!!! #really

    Nishi Chauhan says:
  • Dunno? It’s pretty and clever, but what does it say?

    Banksy has a purpose, a message. This guy is no rival.

    tonyswaby says:
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    printsbyEMH says:
  • “Dunno? It’s pretty and clever, but what does it say?

    Banksy has a purpose, a message. This guy is no rival.”

    read about him a little more…

    anyway, really well done, his art has leaves a strong imprint.. it certainly fascinated me!!

    matteo says:

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