And What Remains is Art. Artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, Scratches The Surface.


In a similar manner as Michelangelo’s removing the excess from the block of marble allowing the figure to emerge, artist Alexandre Farto creates portraits by removing plaster, brick, wood and cement from surfaces.


Born in Portugal, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, removes plaster, brick, wood and other wall surfaces in situ and what remains from the excavation, with the addition of a little paint in some instances, are evocative portraits. His work can be found on walls, buildings and other surfaces, turning what many term ‘vandalism’ into portraits for all to see.


Shown in this post are a selection of these types of works by Vhils from cities all over the world, such as Moscow, London, Portugal, Italy, Berlin and New York.














He has also applied the same technique indoors for other installations:


Alexandre Farto also works with many other materials to create several types of art. To see more of his work, visit his website.

images in this post courtesy of Vera Cortes, Lazarides, and the artist.

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