Urban Art in the Streets of Lisbon

Lisbon Urban Art

(This route was written for the Hotel Hall Chiado and it’s based on the Underdogs Gallery Street Art Tour)


In the last couple of years, Lisbon has experienced a boom in the urban arts scenario!

From the famous VHILS to international artists like the twin brothers nicknamed How and Nosm, the city has rapidly become a blank canvas for any artist that is looking for a new way to express their art.

Start off in Rato, go by the historical neighbourhood of Alfama and make your way down to the eclectic Alcântara to capture these massive creations!

AKACORLEONE Village Underground

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Inspired by the tube-carriage village in London, Village Underground arrived to Lisbon in 2014.

To decorate this coworking space, they brought on AkaCorleone, the result is a series of color-splashed containers and old buses that became much more inviting!

VHILS Alcântara II

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This is one of VHILS largest pieces in Lisbon!

Besides using his trademark faces, this mural introduces geometrical shapes also carved from the wall.

HOW & NOSM Alcântara

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HOW & NOSM covered up an old factory building in Alcântara.

The Spanish pair spent a week in Lisbon thanks to Underdogs and were invited to embellish the city with their creative traits.

Cities all over the world have had a sample of the brother’s trademark color imaginary – red, black and white – and now Lisbon has it too!

VHILS Alcântara

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Take a look at VHILS first major work near the Alcântara docks.

Street art fans might recognize the face on the wall as the American street artist Brad Downey, one of VHILS’s friends.

CYRCLE

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Designed to promote an Underdogs show in 2013, CYRCLE took their inspiration from the nation struggles in America, particularly between the Cowboy and the Indian to create this piece.

You will find this large composition opposite one of C215’s work, a French artist that also left his mark in Lisbon.

BICICLETA SEM FREIO

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The Brazilian illustrators brought a new life to Clube Naval, a space for watersports practice – sail, rowing and canoeing – near the Cais Sodré train station.

This Orange girl took three days to complete and it’s now one of Lisbon’s many colorful elements.

AKACORLEONE Rato

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A 75 years celebration of the air connection provided by KLM between Amsterdam and Lisbon.

This piece is the result of a collaboration between two visual artists, the Portuguese AkaCorleone and the Dutch Hedof.

Portuguese caravels and the Amsterdam tram were a few of the features chosen to represent these two European cities.

VHILS Campolide

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Another timeless piece crafted by VHILS hidden away in a Lisbon street.

The artist works with a hammer drill to trace these portraits, exposing the wall materials for a relief effect.

HOW & NOSM Campolide

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Explore the outskirts of Lisbon and admire this wall branded by HOW & NOSM!

This piece was designed for the Lisbon Pop-Up Shows in 2013, an initiative sponsored by the Underdogs Gallery that brought several international artists to the Portuguese capital.

±MAISMENOS± Entrecampos

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Self-entitled ±MAISMENOS±, the Portuguese artist Miguel Januário satirizes the country’s political and economic status.

Based on the idea that everything can be for sale, even his own country, ±MAISMENOS± started this intervention project as a way of opening people’s eyes to the consumerism world we live on.

His style is simple, balancing opposite figures like more/less, positive/negative and black/white.

±MAISMENOS± Campo Pequeno

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In honour of the 25th of April, Miguel Januário also known by his project ±MAISMENOS±, along with Add Fuel, Draw and MAR got together to create this new mural at Nova University.

On the wall you’ll see one of the faces of the Portuguese revolution, Salgueiro Maia, surrounded by other symbols like the carnations and the G3 guns.

SAINER

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Sainer’s old woman has been the talk of the Lisbon citizens ever since he finished it in April of 2015.

This large illustration was named Crossroads, for crossing real life characters with dreamlike elements, a motif constantly featured on this Polish artist’s work.

INTERESNI KAZKI

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In 2013 this 9 meter-tall wall got a colorful makeover thanks to the Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki.

Hidden away on a Lisbon corner often packed with cars, it was one of the first pieces sponsored by the Underdogs Gallery.

REMED

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Feeling restricted by the space of his gallery in Lille, Remed turned to the outside to display his art!

The French artist freestyled his name on this mural using classic lettering on top and geometrical figures on the bottom, a style often seen on his artwork.

Thanks to him Regueirão dos Anjos now has a colorful wall to showcase!

VHILS Alfama

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Alexandre Farto is the face behind the Portuguese legend VHILS.

The artist is by far the one with more urban art pieces spread around Lisbon! You can find this tormented character tucked away in a wall of Alfama.

PIXELPANCHO Santa Apolónia

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With the help of the Underdogs Gallery, Pixel Pancho and Vhils gathered to create several pieces around the city, including this one near Lisbon’s cruise terminal.

Born in Italy, Pixel Pancho is known for his robotic figures, while VHILS’s work consists on taking layers of the wall that usually end up forming a face. Together, they created an original masterpiece that is definitely worth seeing!

ERNEST ZACHAREVIC

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The Lithuanian Zacharevic gave a fresh layer of paint to these Lisbon walls!

Inspired by the international game “The Floor is Lava” where children avoid stepping on the floor, the artist reflects on the kids imagination world that is often lost when you become an adult.

This composition was part of a show promoted by the Underdogs Gallery where Zachaveric experimented with different shapes and art techniques.

OKUDA

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Oscar San Miguel Erice is the face behind Okuda, a Spanish artist that started off on the streets back on 1997.

Okuda’s work is often designated as pop surrealism, featuring a mix of geometric patterns that contrast with organic shapes like skulls and human faces.

OLIVIER KOSTA-THÉFAINE

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An avid observer, Olivier takes his inspiration from urban elements he captures on the streets.

With a graffiti background, the French artist recently started to explore the contemporary art world, exhibiting his pieces in galleries and museums.

During his stay in Lisbon, he created this tile intervention, taking a common element like a tile and turning it into art.

CLEMENS BEHR

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The German artist visited Lisbon for his solo show “Samples and Variations” and left this mural for walkers to admire.

For this piece Clemens Behr used geometrical shapes and assembled them in random positions, resulting in a creative mix of colors that make this otherwise forgotten wall stand out.

NUNCA

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The famous Portuguese navigator, Pedro Álvares Cabral is portrayed here as a sort of bum asking for money with his little can.

Francisco Rodrigues da Silva, who adopts NUNCA as his artistic name, designed this piece when he came to Lisbon in November of 2014.

PIXELPANCHO Oriente

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People walking by the Oriente station can admire the work of the Italian artist Pixel Pancho.

The wall art introduces one of his typical sci-fi figures in a floral environment, adding a colorful setting to this urban area.

CYRCLE Oriente

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In 2013 the American collective CYRCLE travelled to Portugal and left their mark on this wall!

What started off as an exhibition show for the Underdogs Gallery, lead to the creation of two promotional outdoor pieces, both reflecting the diversity and conflict of nations in America.

FINOK

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For his first show in Portugal, Finok left Lisbon with this Brazilian character wearing a floral dress inspired by typical Portuguese clothes.

O Enterro do Galo (The Burial of the Rooster) was the name chosen by the Brazilian artist for the show that reflected the connection between both countries.

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