Foreign artist engraves head of household portraits onto homes to be demolished
Recently, foreign graffiti artist Vhils and his team came to Shanghai. With portraits of ordinary homeowners as their template, they drew giant portraits on the exterior walls of houses on the eve of their demolition. Vhils’ artwork has appeared at M50, Red Town, 188 Pingliang Road, and Xiao Nanmen. What is quite special is that he uses a hammer, chisel, and power drill to engrave onto the surface of the wall, the process of creation completed through destruction.
Vhils (real name Alexandre Farto) was born 1987 in the Lisbon suburbs of Portugal, and currently lives and works in London and Lisbon.
Photos are of Vhils’ wall art. [click to enlarge]
Comments from NetEase:
I commend it, this is what a true artist is like, this is what real art is.
Art reflecting the common people’s life, this is what true art is, much more impressive than beauty contests or busty models.
This is indeed art.
A true artist of the people.
Something true to life yet about to be destroyed.
Has a lot of visual impact, makes people think.
Foreigners are all artists, while we’re all fakes! [Uses a pun on “jia“.]
That artist who put himself in a dog leash and crawled on the ground should come take a look.
China’s artists can also do this, but what they carve/engrave is a big big “拆” [chai, demolish].
Only after seeing this does one realize China is without great artists.
Only things that are to be demolished can be drawn on…
I think this kind of thing is much more better looking than the government’s large statues, haha.
Yes, even a foreigner releasing a fart is art.