Marianne from East of Malaga has picked a theme that’s close to my heart for her monthly blog hop challenge; street art. Portugal has some very talented street artists who express their creativity on walls around their own country and abroad. One of my favourite Portuguese street artists is Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, who chips away at plaster and concrete to produce giant faces on the walls of old buildings. He’s recently teamed up with a painter known as Pixel Pancho to make this piece which you can find in Jardim do Tabaco in Lisbon.
Elsewhere in Lisbon, other street artists have been busy.
Meanwhile in Porto, Hazul‘s distinctive style is apparent. This is just a tiny sample of the many pieces you can find around the city. Happy hunting!
Coimbra’s streets benefit from more diverse forms of street art using tiles, lampshades and crochet in addition to spray paint. Colourful mosaics have been springing up on derelict buildings around the city but I can’t find out who’s responsible for them. If you know, please tell me.
Part of the CBBH photo challenge / blog hop is the requirement to introduce you to two other bloggers so without further ado, here are two other Portugal bloggers I follow.
The first is Central Portugal: Off the Tourist Trail, written by an British artist living in a village about 30 minutes away from where I live. Since moving to central Portugal, she’s been busy renovating her house, getting used to village life and making time and space for her arts and crafts. She also enjoys walking in the countryside. Her blog posts tend to be a photo essay of her week, interspersed with travel or walking experiences.
My second choice is Beyond Lisbon, written in English by a Portuguese woman who is keen to share the beauty and history of Portugal with others so they get to know more than the typical touristy side of things. Like me, she’s into country walks and interesting food festivals and we’ve been to many of the same places. I’ve learned more about these places and snippets of local history and culture through reading her posts.
I’d also recommend hopping over to East of Malaga to find other CBBH posts about street art and to join in yourself.
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some of these are amazing Julie
Thanks, Jo. You’re absolutely right.
I love the street art , and had not heard of Vhils he is amazing isn’t he., I also love the ones in Porto … I also wanted to let you know I nominted you for the inventive blogger award … hope you can accept the details are here .
Thank you so much for thinking of me. I really appreciate it.
And yes, I’m a huge fan of Vhils. There’s a video about the lovely project he did in Rio where people living in the favelas have been relocated to make way for a cable car in time for the World Cup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVATJR-eriQ
Hey, I’m flattered! Thanks for mentioning my humble blog! 😀 It turned 1 year old very recently, so it’s good to know my work is appreciated – even if by ‘work’ I mean traveling, eating and photographing! 😀
You’re welcome! This work of ours, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it 🙂
Lovely gallery, Julie. These street artists are so talented, aren’t they? Hazul’s work looks distinctly Portugese to me, too 🙂
It’s fun wandering around a city or town trying to spot new street art.
I’m glad you have shared two more blogs from Portugal – always handy to learn more of our Iberian neighbours.
Great entry for this month’s CBBH Photo Challenge – well done, Julie 🙂
Thanks, Marianne. It’s always a pleasure compiling galleries of street art. There’s so much to choose from these days. I’m especially impressed with the little treats that keep popping up in the streets of Coimbra.