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Urban fragments

first monographic exhibition

05.19 > 2018.07.29

with the Galerie Danysz

At once discrete and striking, often gigantic, Vhils’ artworks represent anonymous faces, carved into different materials or directly on the walls. Now renowned and exhibited throughout the world, the Portuguese artist makes a stop at the CENTQUATRE. The occasion for this urban explorer to present to the Parisian public an overview of his work, but also to meet the city and its inhabitants.


tarif plein : 8 €
tarif réduit : 5 €
tarif abo/adhésion : 3 €
tarif enfant (6-15 ans) : 3 €
tarif enfant (-6 ans) : gratuit

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In the press

Vhils is an experimenter, a gallery owner, a graffiti artist, a messenger, a sculptor. With this constant: everything he creates is political.

Jérôme Badie, Next Libération


Mural frescoes, wallpapers, stencil paintings, mosaics, diversion of panels… Over the last years, street art has taken on many forms that are more and more inventive. After having exhibited in 2013 artworks by Keith Haring, a pioneer of the movement in the United States, the CENTQUATRE welcomes Vhils for a large exhibition. At the age of 30, the Portuguese artist has also upset the world of urban art, with discrete yet striking artworks, anonymous faces carved into different materials or directly on the walls.

When Vhils, by his real name Alexandre Farto, started graffiti, that is to say in the second half of the 1990s, the city of Seixal had experienced an intensive development that deeply marked him. On the walls of this industrial suburb of Lisbon in which he grew up, posters superposed themselves. Vhils discovered that he could use these supports as surfaces to sculpt. Using the stencil technique, the young artist started to carve forms and lines from which suddenly appeared faces and the past of the walls. Since then, he has carved his giant anonymous figures from Sao Paolo to Hong Kong, via Lisbon, where he still lives.

For this exhibition, around thirty artworks will be spread out in the CENTQUATRE. To better impregnate him/herself with the artist’s world, the visitor will discover in each room a different technique: wood, layers of carved posters, acid painting, engraved metal, or then again surprising polystyrene sculptures. Attacked with a chisel, with a jackhammer, with acid, the sculpted surfaces still let a certain softness emanate, like an invitation to create a dialogue thanks to artistic creation.

An urban explorer, Alexandre Farto likes to immerse himself in a city, photograph it, draw it and meet its inhabitants, before transforming his observations into an artwork. While the faces he exhibits to the passers-by and the visitors of shows are rarely identifiable, they convey the atmosphere of a city and more generally of a world in constant globalisation. As a counter measure against the risk of standardisation and withdrawal, his invitation to inhabit our cities will most certainly find an echo with the public of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS.



Resident artist

Born in 1987, Alexandre Farto started graffiti at the age of 10. His love of letters and sounds quickly encouraged him to choose his pseudo, Vhils. The Portuguese artist enriched his techniques at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, from which he graduated. Today, he uses various supports (wood, posters, metal, polystyrene) and is mainly known for his way of carving walls in order to make faces and the past of the area appear. Since 2005, Vhils has presented his work all over the world, during festivals like the Cans Festival in London.

Vhils is represented by Gal...

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