5 Lisbon Street Artists and Their Art
Portugal is one of the top destinations to view vibrant and eclectic street art. It’s a haven for Street Artists to legally create large scale works, with the support of Lisbon City Council. Walking around Lisbon, you will notice the bright patches of color as you walk up and down the narrow cobbled streets. Another perspective would be from the many scenic lookouts (os miradouros) around town. There you will see the murals and Lisbon Street Art contrasted with the almost uniformly clay-coloured roofs and white walls of buildings. These vibrant patches are the artistic markings of both world-renown international and Portuguese street artists.
In this article we will list some of the top 5 Lisbon Street Art and artists, and where you can find them in Lisbon.
1. Pedro Campiche (AKA AkaCorleone)
2. Alexandre Farto ( AKA Vhils)
3. Artur Bordalo (AKA Bordalo II)
4. Sérgio Odeith (AKA ODEITH)
4. Tinta Crua
It is always best to see street art on-site, in-person. The physical setting of street art, along with its political and/or social context in which it is created, feeds into the artwork. Our universal understanding of the ephemeral nature of street art and the stark contrast between the colorful work and the often decrepit wall it is on draws our attention. Do you find yourself wondering how much time someone has put into this, how was it created, why was it created, how did they access the walls so high?
We rarely get the opportunity to see these artworks in progress, whether it is being sprayed painted, stenciled, printed and pasted, or in Vhil’s case, even carved. Sometimes they are up one day and gone the next. The above list of artworks have been commissioned by the city, so unlike graffiti, chances are, you will still see them up. If not, you will probably see a new striking artwork in its place.
Now that you have a bit of knowledge of a few of the artworks, living in Lisbon, or just visiting Lisbon, and looking for something to do, go for a walk around the city and see if you can spot any! We are sure you will find many other surprises on walls along the way – some legal, and some not 😉