Portugal is among the first European countries perceiving street art as a new form of art through which it’s possible to change the face of cities. In this historical moment, there are several inputs coming from the ancient Lusitania. We made a shortlist of artists that can represent Portugal’s street art scene completely.
Considering the attention reserved in recent years to the Banksy phenomenon, aware of the expansion of the various festivals in different areas of the country, wanting to emphasize the role that the city of London has historically had, and continues to have, of European cradle of street art, the choice of United Kingdom has seemed the most natural – facing to the gap of British artists that the open-air museum of Rome currently presents.
Artists representing different currents and themes have been selected.
My Dog Sighs
After working quietly but with fervour on the streets, Portsmouth artist My Dog Sighs has recently appeared more consistently in the international contemporary art scene. Born from the desire to interact with the urban landscape and its inhabitants, whilst wanting to avoid anything with too great an impact, his work creates a story based on […]
Working mainly on duotone, Lucy McLauchlan creates a world full of stories and governed by a passionate instinct that translates into almost gestural painting, an almost performative act. Lucy’s art combines ancient, almost prehistoric influences with a modernist graphic sensibility. The creative impulse that binds these two different references together constitutes its clear stylistic code, […]
Diogo Machado stands out as being a creator of dreamscapes, where he combines actual characters, decorative patterns and his distinctive trait, with the ubiquitous hint of irony and an excellent symmetry. The trompe d’oeil in his works lets the spectator see medieval icons, for the accuracy and the form he uses in his drawings. At […]
Member of RUA, Frederico Draw uses spray cans as if they were pencils. He draws anonymous faces, portraits of random people he has met in the streets. His unique style is characterized by and unfinished trait that adds lyricism to the subject. He turns every surface into a wide sketching pad where charcoals are replaced […]
Irreverent sculptor, Bordalo II, conveys the perfect message to highlight this metamorphosis. In his work, which converts urban garbage into large assemblages representing colorful and impactful animals, he demonstrates how rejected objects can be repurposed to form art. The artist’s works are at the same time a critique towards contemporary society that is not able […]
±MAISMENOS± is the name of an artistic project offering a critical reflection on social and economic models from contemporary society. The intelligent project was created to sensitize the community through specific artistic actions with a strong visual impact. Behind every work by this street artist, however simple it might seem, there is a strong social […]
Sensitive and sophisticated, Eime radically changed the technique of stencil (simplification of lines) by creating unique and highly descriptive portraits through a patient study of the traits and painting several layers only by brushes and exclusively in black and white. his background in design and scenography brings to a more incisive work, thanks to his […]