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Lisbon-based urban “scrapffiti” artist Bordalo II is a master of creating compelling work from the refuse of the streets that surround him. Using a myriad of media to express his ideas, he interprets the city landscape in a whirlwind of assemblage that is as deeply rooted in chaos as it is in harmony and balance with the world around him. Not only is he recycling the trash around him, he is also providing commentary on his perception of how we live. He believes that though we have beautiful objects, they are often based on garbage, and we never really perceive that aspect.

His talent grew from a love of learning from his grandfather, who was a prolific Portugese painter, most known for his depictions of the streets of Lisbon. Having absorbed so much from his elder, he has evolved into a more modern version of his legacy. And he still has lots of time to grow…

Check out his website to see more amazing work. [Note: it still might be under construction]

“Like” him on Facebook and see his progress. He’s got lots of cool stuff posted all the time.

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Portugese artist Paulo Arraiano (aka Yup), is a well-known illustrator and magazine Art Director (Slang Magazine, Magnolia Magazine), who has dabbled in several other mediums and has accumulated quite a huge portfolio of work over the years, that includes street art, a clothing line (Palm urban wear), vinyl toys (Speakerdog toy for fellow Infectious artist Ben The Illustrator), CD packaging and iPhone cases, and even a teaching position at the Restart School of Creativity and New Technologies in Lisbon. Whatever medium he chooses, his intuitively distinctive style cascades throughout most of his work, which he amusingly describes as “supafreakyfunny creatures from distant worlds and realities who are invited to be placed in all mediums possible, from digital to walls, clothing, street, toys, skateboards, music, galleries…”. In short, he crosses all platforms and transcends all avenues of articulation with his modes of self-expression.

His art poses many working contradictions – mirroring dualities that exist all around us, such as the one between nature and the urban landscape, as well as the natural vs. the artificial, and he manages to strike a balance between the two. His message is one of exploding positivity, and a celebration of life and evolution. His whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic expression, having grown up riding skateboards and being influenced by the aggressive, often rebellious spontaneity of urban culture. Juxtapose this with his love of the harmonious fluidity of surfing and Jamaican rhythms, and you have a perfect symbiosis that forms the basis of his creativity. Yup is endlessly pushing towards an evolution of energy, symbiosis, and motion – searching for the ultimate balance between the primitive, simplicity of nature and the complex, artificial, and abstract urban world – to get to the root of all that is.

Yup’s got so many projects and clients under his belt, there’s just not enough hours in the day to talk about them all. Instead, check out more of his stuff on his website.

 

Wow! Can’t believe I’ve gotten to 100 posts already! Time sure flies!

Street art pioneer Jef Aérosol threw up his first stencil piece in 1982 in Tours, France. Since then, he has graced the walls of dozens of cities worldwide (London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, New York, Brussels, Chicago, Lisbon, and Bejing to name a few), and joined the ranks of the infamous alongside other historical graffiti artists Blek le Rat, Speedy Graphito and Miss.Tic. Functioning mostly as “agent provocateur”, the messages he conveys evoke an emotional response to the urban sprawl that encroaches upon all of us, and tries to incite the importance of peace, pushing towards a world that embraces a zen-like way of being.

His work has been showcased in a variety of venues – at festivals, galleries, solo and group exhibits, art fairs, special events and even auction sales – and he’s been published in books too. In 1986 he was responsible for the cover art for “Vite Fait, Bien Fait” (éditions Alternatives / Agnès B, Paris), which was the first book published on the subject of street stencils, and in 2007 he released “VIP Very Important Pochoirs” (éditions Alternatives, Paris), which I am currently trying to obtain to add to my library. He continues to create commissioned pieces and show his work in galleries across France and Belgium, and yesterday, he opened an exhibit at the Musee-en-herbe in Paris.

To find out more about Jef Aérosol, check out his website, which includes info on the seven upcoming shows he has going on for 2012, and if you ever find his art tucked away in a strange part of the world, make sure you snag a shot and upload it to his Flickr group.

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