His artist name may be Farto, but Alexandre Vhils’ broken wall art is anything but stinky.
Farto is a Portuguese street artist whose muse is people’s faces, which he likes to etch onto walls by chipping away bits of paint and plaster until only realistic visages remains. He calls the process “destruction,” as he segments parts off the wall and lets pieces fall away in a controlled manner. What’s most impressive about Farto’s art is his ability to define value and shadow using the limited resources of an old wall as his medium. Farto is also masterful in capturing the expressions and emotions of each subject’s face.
The only question that remains is whether these Farto graffiti pieces will endure, since an additional chipped piece or a simple wall repair can potentially destroy each piece.