Searching for Street Art in Portugal

If you follow my Instagram, you probably already know that I have spent two weeks of November in Portugal. It was amazing! I saw so many cool artworks and discovered artists I didn’t know before. I visited Porto and Lisbon. Both are wonderful but when it comes to Street Art, I was more impressed with the second. From pichação to large scale murals, the city of Lisbon is covered with art. I took some street art tours in both cities, and wondered by myself. Here is the sum up from my trip.

Porto

I took a free walking tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable girl. Unfortunately she did not have much passion for the urban art scene. She focused mainly on public art and general history of the city, which partially had something to do with street art. But we didn’t really learn much about the local scene. Nothing about the underground art. For me personally, the tour lacked authenticity. I didn’t feel like the guide was really immersed in the field, and she even admitted that this was not her favorite tour.

On my own, I discovered several murals thanks to some online articles. Here are the links:

highheelsandabackpack.com

buenosairesstreetart.com

Here is my selection of the most interesting artworks: 

Mural by Frederico Draw, portraying an old man, overlooking the river Douro.
He is welcoming the people entering the city from Luís I Bridge.

A collaboration of local artists: Mots, Mesk and Fedor; featuring Don Quichotte.

Beautiful mural near Trindade metro station by Hazul and Mr. Dheo.

Hazul, Hazul, everywhere Hazul – one of the most active local street artists

Hazul, 

Old woman by talented Daniel Eime

Enigmatic character by a spanish artist Sam3

My absolute favorite mural in Porto! A blue cat fits with the #azulejos that are a great tradition in Portugal. The mural is based in the tiniest street in the city and was created by a spanish artist Liqen. Cats played an important role in the port, eliminating the rats who are known to spread diseases. Porto still lets the stray cats run free and they are super adorable.

If you want to see more photos from Porto, check out the album on Facebook:

Album photo from Porto

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Lisbon

After the so-so experience in Porto, I dug deeper to find a more authentic experience. During the pandemic I took an online tour with Street Buddha, which has already sparked my interest. On the spot I booked a tour with Vero from Lisbon Street Art Tours. And I really enjoyed it. Vero has a background in anthropology and she had a unique perspective on the movement. She also is a part of a collective Yes you can Spray that helps to create more art on the walls of Lisbon. She had a deep knowledge of the topic, and explained the differences between graffiti and Street art quite well, which I find quite important. She was also very open and friendly and answered a lot of our questions and gave a lot of recommendations for those interested in exploring other Street art neighborhoods on their own. And wow, there were so many!

I took a massive amount of pictures during the tour, and later while wandering on my own.
Here are some of my favorite artworks from Lisbon:

Italian artist Andrea Tarli opposes the use of selfie sticks.

Vhils is one of the most famous street artists in the world, and so I cannot skip his name when writing about the city he comes from. A little proof that I was there in person – our little hummingbird sticker in the foreground.

AddFuel also takes his inspiration from #azulejos

Jacqueline de Montaigne proves to the world that women can be great muralists too.

D*Face has a massive mural near the Oriente train station.

Of course I needed to travel into the middle of nowhere just to see this mural by INTI. It is the last mural that he painted for his triptych “Madre Secular”. The second one is in Paris, and the first one in Marseille.

Awesome mural by OzeArv

Obey decided to pay a tribute to the history of Portugal – precisely The Carnation Revolution, that overthrew the authoritarian regime, producing fundamental changes resulting in transition to democracy and the end of the Portuguese Colonial War.

This old mural from 2010 by Os Gemeos, looks pretty damaged already. But I had to go see it anyway. I mean.. It’s Os Gemeos y’all!

Another wonderful female artist – why aren’t there more? Tamara Alves.

I found this intriguing mural by Violant totally by mistake. Sometimes it’s good to get lost in the city to discover such treasures.

The entire city is covered with those fantastic assemblages by Bordalo II. It would be fun to see one next to the museum which hosts some of the paintings by Artur Real Chaves Bordalo – his grandfather.

My absolute favorite artist in Lisbon is actually brasilian! I don’t know what it is about those paintings by Utopia, but I feel such a strong attraction to them. It just makes my heart warm whenever I see one.

If you want to see more photos from Lisbon, here is the Facebook album with all my photos:

Photos from Lisbon Album 1

Photos from Lisbon Album 2

Again, on instagram you’ll get access to all the photos and videos in real time.

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Kasia,

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It’s been « Le Long » everchanging the walls of our city

Mathias aka Le long, ends a season of 2020-21, with over thirty animal murals on the streets of East Paris. More so, he has participated in festivals, painted in private gardens, did a personal exhibition, and created Alphonse le Tigre, large format mural on rue Dénoyez, at the beginning of November. It has been a fantastic year!

Portraits of animals, or should I say subjects, come with a name, that makes them seem more familiar to us. We are in the same family of living beings. Unfortunately, our children see animals mostly in supermarket’s freezers. In the meantime, many species are threatened with extinction.

Le Long is drawing since he was a kid. His first graffiti dates from when he was a teenager and was living in the South of France.

When he started his studies at the academy in Lyon, he stopped all activity on the streets. He graduated in 2010. He is particularly interested in animation films and soon gets a position of a director in the techniques of Stop Motion and Mixe Live/2D. He creates advertising productions, music videos, documentaris, feature films and video mappings. In 2018, he produced the show projected on the Arc de Triomphe for the New Year festivities.

After producing stencils for his friends and in the Butte-aux-Cailles district, a Parisian street-art hotspot, he produced his first freehand mural for the association «Les Arts fleurissent la Ville» at the urban art garden in Les Lilas in July 2020.

Since then, he’s been drawing non stop. The images of the animals are pleasant to look at even though they are the ultimate reminder of our planet being in danger. It is the darkness of our daily reality.

Le Long does not use contour in his works. But instead, he paints „impressions”, adding the splashes and traces of color that forms the subject. The portraits are often inscribed into a graphic element such as a circle or triangle that outlines them.

He divides his time between his work as a graphic designer and his passion for urban art, for which he did not hesitate to sacrifice some of his nights. His characters then appear in a farandole that stunned his followers, here some of them, retro-chronologically:

  • Alphonse, le tigre (rue Dénoyez – nov.2021)
  • Michael, l’iguane (Studios l’Albatros – oct.2021)
    Christian, le crabe (jardin privé – sep.2021)
  • Ernesto, le caïman (rue de Crimée– sep.2021)
  • Hubert, le cerf (jardin privé – août.2021)
  • Bernard, le gyapète barbu (Centre d’animation Bessie Smith – juill.2021)
  • Léonard, l’éléphant (rue de la Mare– juill.2021)
  • Popol, le poisson combattant (domicile privé – juin.2021)
  • Hiro, l’hippocampe (domicile privé – juin.2021)
  • Manuelle Angela, l’ourse (rue d’Avron – juin.2021)
  • Lionel, le lion (rue de Paris, Les Lilas – juin.2021)
  • Fred, le requin (rue Oberkampf – mars2020)
  • Herbert, l’Altamira
  • Oriole (avril 2020 – coll. Particulière)
  • Sanglier (rue Baudricourt – oct.2020)
  • Aigrette blanche (passage des Moulins-des-Prés – oct. 2020)
  • Loup (Le Barbouquin – Déc. 2020)
  • Hippopotame (rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay – nov.2020)
  • Mandrill (Belvédère de Belleville – oct.2020)

The artist recently participated in various calls for projects, and we are thrilled to share some of the pictures shared exclusively with Street-Art-Tour-Paris:

 

By Le Long, rue Dénoyez, November 2021

Made by Le Long, Les Cévennes, August 2021

In tribute to Studios l’Albatros, by Le Long, Montreuil, September 2021

By Le long, Espace Cinéma à Pantin

Espace Cinéma, Pantin

Léonard the elephant, rue de la Mare

Christian, the crab

Text: Sigismond Cassidanius
Translation: Kasia Klon

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