scratching the surface by alexandre farto

a graduate from the university of the arts london central saint martins, alexandre farto is fully aware of the influence that his city’s history has had on his artistic pursuits.

concrete, steel, brick and stone have long been the substrates that paint our architectural canvas but they have also been the substrates that allow graffiti artists to paint our surroundings. both substrates, the architectural and the painted, articulate the dichotomy of destruction and construction. these architectural materials became the canvases of political murals in portugal during the 70’s and 80’s.