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I am not mistaken if I write that today, many big names in street art have passed through Lisbon to soak up this creative atmosphere. Among them, we find Blu, Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, C215, Mr Chat, Erica il Cane, Sam 3, PichiAvo, etc... For the moment, Banksy has not yet come to Lisbon.
And for the locals who play at home without necessarily being born there : Vhils, Bordalo II, Utopia, Márcia Bahia, Andrea Tarli, Aka Corleone, Odeith, Nomen, Mar, RAM, Smile, Hium, Styler, Mariana Dias Coutinho, Tamara Alves, J de Montaigne, Youthone, etc...
The murals created by local artists are massive. We often discover them together during our tailor-made private tours. If you are a budding artist and would like to get your hands dirty (or sprayed, if I may say so), discover our street-art workshop !
Doing street art legally in Lisbon ? Yes, it is possible ! A street art workshop with a professional artist allows you to leave your artist touch while discovering an extremely fun creative discipline.
The VisitmyLisbon team proposes you to realize, during more or less two hours, a street art mural !
Our objective is simple : to allow you to have fun and understand at the same time the techniques of graffiti.
For a team-building, a private tour or during a paper chase, you will create a graffiti, a drawing or a crew name. The main idea is to make you discover the important steps of making a drawing.
A street art workshop allows you to realize the complexity that lies in the accuracy and combination of certain skills.
Our Lisbon tours are completely private and tailor-made. For your teenage graffiti fans, it’s just perfect ! Our guide will take you through the unusual Lisbon, where works of art can be found at every corner.
To make the kids happy, we even have a surprise in store for them… They can test their artistic skills !
Graça Hill is a real source of inspiration for street art artists. Don’t miss the stairs of Caracol da Graça, whose walls are entirely covered with fantastic works by the Yes, You can spray collective.
Flop, wild, realistic, relief... Who is doing what in terms of graffiti in Lisbon ? We'll talk about some local artists (not necessarily Portuguese) according to their notoriety, from the most known... to the next stars !
I'll start with the two most famous street artists but who don't paint : Vhils and Bordalo II.
1- Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, is always cutting, smashing, surgically exploding walls and polystyrene posters. He creates portraits of people, sometimes famous, sometimes anonymous. His credo is to remove in order to better reveal !
Today he is at the forefront of the Lisbon street art scene, since he is known worldwide. His workshops are now located in Barreiro, on the other side of the river, a city that we love.
2- Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II (his grandfather was also an artist), was once my neighbour. He started his career with simple graffiti before perfecting his skills in relief and third dimension.
I like to call him the green artist of Lisbon. His credos are ecological awareness and the animal cause. He reuses everything he can find as waste to create animals, sometimes in anamorphosis. His artistic dialogue is known worldwide and is popular. It is therefore not uncommon to come across his work when you visit Lisbon with us.
Lisbon is full of corners. While it is easy to do street art as it was originally done, in vandal mode, it is better to be careful and respect the rules. Any act of vandalism is severely punished!
Today, frescoes and street art in the broad sense are so fashionable that the Lisbon City Council has found it interesting. It supports graffiti in Lisbon's outlying areas and attracts visitors who are passionate about street art.
However, the amount of money to subsidise these works is only 1% of the total budget to clean up the wild street art. If you get caught, it can be a very big deal (up to €10,000)!
So, if you feel you have the soul of an artist but don't want to take the risk, contact us to make street art legally.
Lisbon has few art galleries specialising in street art.
Nevertheless, we suggest you two places that should satisfy you:
1- The Underdogs art gallery owned by Vhils and which gathers the most important street-art artists of Lisbon. The exhibitions are fantastic.
2- Dedicated Lisboa which sells material for the artists but also exclusive prints.