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Foreign Artist Vhils Engraves Portraits onto Shanghai Walls

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

From NetEase:

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.

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

Vhils (real name Alexandre Farto) was born 1987 in the Lisbon suburbs of Portugal, and currently lives and works in London and Lisbon.

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

Photos are of Vhils’ wall art. [click to enlarge]

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

An engraved portrait of a Chinese head of household on a home that is about to be demolished in Shanghai, by Portugese graffiti artist Vhils.

Comments from NetEase:

yi表淫才 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:

I commend it, this is what a true artist is like, this is what real art is.

愤怒的小亮 [网易湖南省长沙市网友]:

Art reflecting the common people’s life, this is what true art is, much more impressive than beauty contests or busty models.

无声狂啸 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

This is indeed art.

网易山西省运城市网友:

A true artist of the people.

清风泛舟 [网易广东省网友]:

Something true to life yet about to be destroyed.

jakey1617 [网易浙江省湖州市网友]:

Has a lot of visual impact, makes people think.

犬儒主义万岁 [网易吉林省长春市网友]:

Foreigners are all artists, while we’re all fakes! [Uses a pun on “jia“.]

网易辽宁省抚顺市网友:

That artist who put himself in a dog leash and crawled on the ground should come take a look.

人民萬歲 [网易上海市网友]:

China’s artists can also do this, but what they carve/engrave is a big big “拆” [chai, demolish].

网易北京市海淀区网友:

Only after seeing this does one realize China is without great artists.

只爱家和国 [网易广东省江门市网友]:

Only things that are to be demolished can be drawn on…

铝合金易拉罐 [网易辽宁省网友]:

I think this kind of thing is much more better looking than the government’s large statues, haha.

sybm001 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

Yes, even a foreigner releasing a fart is art.

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