A True Artisan at Work


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Portuguese bookbinder, Ilidio Antonio, applies egg whites to the cover of new books as he works in his workshop in Lisbon, Portugal.
Antonio, who has been running his own business as a bookbinder for the past 36 years, said that applying egg whites to the covers helps the leather cover of the books to last longer.
via The day in photos: July 22, 2014.

Rock classics.

Casa do Penedo, Fafe, Portugal, 1974
This ‘House of the Rock’ was created by an engineer who took advantage of the way huge glacial rocks had littered the landscape.
Walls were bridged with rough concrete to create a simple shelter. It now sits in the middle of a wind farm, though ironically remains off-grid.
Image Credit: Photograph by Daria Chuvaeva
Source: Rock classics: the most extraordinary stone buildings on Earth – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

‘They Drive by Night’ by Henri Prestes

Atmospheric and moody images shot by London-based cinematographer/photographer Henri Prestes.
The cinematic series focuses on lone cars traveling at night on desolated landscapes, secluded forests, and isolated villages during harsh weather conditions such as dense fog and heavy snowfall.
Shot mostly in Portugal, the scenes look more like still images captured from a motion picture film with a feeling of drama and mystery added.
See more of Henri Prestes’ work on Behance.
Source: They Drive by Night: Photos by Henri Prestes

Odeith’s Stunning Floating Graffiti.


by Dovas
Odeith, an extraordinarily talented street artist based in Portugal, creates incredible works of street art that will fool your eyes into thinking that they’re floating 3D sculptures. His mastery of anamorphic art and perspective is truly mind-boggling.
We suggest taking a few minutes to look at his art, because that’s what it will take to deconstruct and see through his brilliant illusions.
By incorporating the ground and the ambient lighting of a work into his composition, he makes it seem like his “floating” paintings are casting shadows on the ground or even giving off light.


The artist is a true renaissance man, as he used to run a tattoo studio and also sells canvas paintings as well.
Check out his website for more of his awesome works!
More info: odeith.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: io9)
See more Images via Portuguese Street Artist Creates Stunning 3D Graffiti That Seems To Float In The Air | Bored Panda.

The Art of VHILS.


Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000s.
His groundbreaking carving technique – which forms the basis of the Scratching the Surface series and was first presented to the public at the VSP group show in Lisbon in 2007 and at the Cans Festival in London in 2008, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade.
This striking form of visual poetry, showcased around the world in both indoor and outdoor settings, has been described as brutal and complex, yet imbued with a simplicity that speaks to the core of human emotions, expressing the struggle between the aspirations of the individual and the demanding, saturated environment of the urban spaces he lives in.
Vhils grew up in Seixal, an industrialised suburb across the river from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and was particularly influenced by the transformations brought on by the intensive urban development the country underwent in the 1980s and 1990s.
An avid experimentalist, he has been developing his notion of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media – from stencil painting to wall carving, from pyrotechnic explosions to 3D modelling – which have enabled him to expand the boundaries of visual expression.
His unique approach and artwork have been garnering critical acclaim around the world.