Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, has developed a unique visual language based on an aesthetics of vandalism derived from his background in illegal graffiti. He works the removal of the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools and techniques, establishing symbolic reflections on identity, life in the urban context, the passage of time, and the relationship of interdependence between people and the surrounding environment.
Since 2005 he has been presenting his work around the world in solo and group shows, art events, institutions, and site-specific interventions. He is represented in several public and private collections in various countries. Outsiders, a collection of street art published by Century, 2008.