Portugal is one of the major hubs of street art so it is expected to see amazing artistry emerge from this place, from its people. With the streets of Lisbon covered with diverse street art, there is a rejuvenation of this hub which inspires a continual cycle. Street art can be created from anything in the streets, trash or not, It is the artist’s job to find what, and to create.
Born in the city of Lisbon in the year 1987, Artur Bodalo II had art imbibed in him as he grew. He watched his grandfather Real Bodalo, a painter, paint the city of Lisbon. He grew up in this world of art, of creativity and imagination, expanding on its context and technique, becoming, with time an urban artist writing graffiti, drawing murals and whatnots. His art became for him a tool to communicate his views and his opinions through thought provoking pieces.
Bodalo in some of his projects create vibrant street art from all sorts of rubbish he finds in the streets. He turns aluminum cans, old tire scraps, wood and neglected objects into vibrantly coloured collaged 3D art pieces. This he does in dull city corners, elaborating the streets, adding splashes of colour, of life to them.
These projects to Bodalo mean more; more than just tackling the problem of ‘urban rubbish’; more than clearing out the city; more than recycling and the beautifying of said urban landscapes: it is to him the philosophy of One Man’s Waste, Another Man’s Treasure.