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Lisbon is an open-air gallery, not just for its beautiful tile-covered façades and the traditional cobblestone designs, but also for its street art. The Portuguese capital is now known as one of the cities with the best street art, and some local artists like Vhils and Bordalo II have works all over the world. Vhils is known for carving faces on façades, while Bordalo II creates art from trash.
Following the revolution of April 25, 1974 there was an explosion of political murals, and today artistic graffiti is even sponsored by the City Council, which created the Street Art Gallery by the iconic Glória funicular .
Here we present the best works by local and international artists that you’ll find in some of Lisbon’s main districts.

Alfama

Vhils, whose real name is Alexandre Farto, is currently one of the biggest names of the street art world, and one of the first faces that he carved in Lisbon is hidden behind the cathedral, on Travessa das Merceeiras, just a few feet from the Memmo Alfama Hotel.

Calçada Amália Rodrigues, Lisboa

Here Vhils paid tribute to Fado diva Amália Rodrigues, this time using the traditional cobblestone pavement. It dates from 2015, and is found on Calçada do Menino Deus.

Correio-Mor, Lisbon

Illustrator Nuno Saraiva created this mural on Travessa da Mata, not far from the cathedral. It’s called “Cavaleiros da Posta Real” and the inspiration came from the horses of Etienne-Jules Marey, the 19th-century photographer that was one of the pioneers of animated film. The goal is to recall the commotion that once surrounded the neighboring Correio Velho Palace.

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Poseidon, Lisbon

Poseidon, the god of the sea, was painted by the artists known as PichiAvo on the side of a building found a short walk from Santa Apolónia station  (on number 65 of Calçada de Santa Apolónia).

Mário Belém, Lisbon

This mural by Mário Belém celebrates life. It was created in 2017, to celebrate the 150 years since the death penalty was abolished in Portugal. It can be seen on Calçada de Santa Apolónia, not far from the train station.

Bairro Alto

Street Art Gallery, Lisbon

Calçada da Glória and Largo da Oliveirinha, which are crossed by the Glória funicular, make up the official street art gallery, with seven panels offered by the City Council. It was inaugurated in 2008, and still organizes temporary thematic exhibitions.

Rigo, Lisbon

Leftist propaganda covered Lisbon’s streets in the 1970s, and this one in Bairro Alto recalls those days. It’s found on Travessa dos Fiéis de Deus, and was created in 2009 by the artists António Alves and RIGO, obviously influenced by Maoist design.

Rua da Vinha, Lisbon

Unlike most other works on the streets of Bairro Alto, these murals have been able to survive for several years. They are found on Rua da Vinha since 2012, while on the parallel Rua de São Boaventura is a more recent work by Binau.

Sumo Doubledevil, Lisbon

On Travessa dos Fiéis de Deus is this piece by the well-known artist from Luxembourg, Sumo Doubledevil.

Regg Salgado, Lisbon

This curious sardine on bread can be seen on Rua Luz Soriano and was created by local artist Regg Salgado.

Pharmácia de Cultura, Lisbon

This “Culture Pharmacy” is found on Rua do Norte.

Chiado

Utopia63, Lisbon

This piece by Brazilian-born artist Oliveiros Rodrigues da Silva Junior, also known as “Utopia63,” is found on Calçada do Carmo. It illustrates Lisbon from decades ago, in a scene by Rossio Station.

Graça

Eime, Lisbon

In 2014, a group of artists decided to pay tribute to historic personalities of Portuguese literature with links to the Graça neighborhood. Therefore, poet Sophia de Mello Breyner’s face, created by the artist Eime, is found on Rua Josefa de Óbidos, while Natália Correia and Florbela Espanca are illustrated on Travessa do Monte, in a work by Mariana Dias Coutinho. Nearby are the viewpoints of Graça  and Senhora do Monte .

Violant, Lisbon

João Maurício, aka Violant, created this work on Rua Natália Correia, much photographed by those passing by on tram 28 .

Shepard Fairey, Lisbon

Also on Rua Natália Correia, this piece by Shepard Fairey (the American artist known for the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster) illustrates a woman holding a gun with a flower in the barrel.

Vhils, Lisbon

Shepard Fairey created a second piece in the neighborhood, this time on Rua Senhora da Glória. He painted half of a female face, while the Portuguese artist Vhils carved the other half.

Street art, Lisbon

Halfway between the São Vicente Monastery  and the Graça viewpoint, on Travessa de São Vicente, is this mural created by Pariz One and Mr. Dheo. It remembers the April 25th Revolution, but here the revolutionaries are popular animated characters, in order to draw the attention of the younger population.

akaCorlone, Lisbon

This colorful piece, created by akaCorleone, is hidden at the end of Rua Damasceno Monteiro, but not far from the Senhora do Monte viewpoint.

Belém

Bordalo II, Lisbon

Combining painting and sculpture, Bordalo II uses old tires, bumpers, computer parts, and other discarded stuff from wastelands to create three-dimensional animals, demonstrating that one man’s trash is another man’s art. This racoon is found behind the Belém Cultural Center.

Street art, Lisbon

This mural faces the river by the Carriages Museum , on the departure point of the ships of the Age of Discovery. It depicts the ten cantos of Camões’ epic poem “The Lusiads.” Sponsored by the weekly newsmagazine Visão on its 20th anniversary, it was created by the duo ARM Collective, MAR and RAM.

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Algés

Nark, Lisbon

This image of a girl with her arm stretched out — indicating “stop!” — and with an adult hand manipulating her movement like a puppeteer, is meant to raise awareness of child abuse and was created by the artist Nark. It was unveiled in April of 2017 and can be seen in Praça D. Manuel I, by the next-to-last stop of tram 15 .

Avenidas Novas

Os Gémeos, Lisbon

Several international artists — the Brazilians Os Gémeos, the Italians Blu and Eric Il Cane, and the Spaniard SAM3 — are responsible for this work on three empty buildings in one of the city’s busiest avenues, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo. It was considered one of the world’s top 10 works of street art by the British newspaper The Guardian.

Amoreiras

Amoreiras, Lisbon

This mural in Amoreiras (Rua Conselheiro Fernando Sousa) is one of the oldest in Lisbon. Some works are older than others, and it has often attracted the city’s few female artists.

Vhils, Lisbon

Next to a tile panel by artist João Abel Manta by the road of Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, not far from the aqueduct , is another of Vhils’ many faces. Carved in 2012 with drills and hammers, it has become a victim of pollution and of the sun.

Alcântara

At the “creative factory” that is the Lx Factory complex, there are always over a dozen works by some of the biggest artists, including Bordalo II with his gigantic bee made of trash.

Village Underground, Lisbon

Next to Lx Factory is the coworking space Village Underground, made up of several old containers and buses. It’s all now one big piece of street art, created by akaCorleone.

Street art, Lisbon

Several artists worked on the art that can now be seen on the underpass that takes you to the Alcântara-Mar train station and to the Santo Amaro docks . Some illustrate monuments, other represent city views.

Bordalo II, Lisbon

On Avenida de Ceuta, across from the Alcântara-Terra train station is this piece by Bordalo II, this time using trash to create a fish scene.

Intendente

Tamara Alves, Lisbon

One of the buildings on Largo do Intendente that hasn’t yet been renovated, now features a piece by Tamara Alves, one of the best-known female Portuguese artists in the street art world.

Violant, Lisbon

This impressive piece covers an entire building on Rua do Saco, not far from Intendente. It was created by Violant.

utopia63, Lisbon

Another piece by Brazilian artist Utopia63, this time on Rua Antero de Quintal.

Mouraria

Mercado do Chão do Loureiro, Lisbon

Mercado do Chão do Loureiro, Lisbon

The former market Chão do Loureiro, found between downtown and the castle, is now a car park with several levels, each one with works by five of the most acclaimed national street artists (Mar, Miguel Januário, Nomen, Paulo Arraiano and Ram). You’re free to enter, no need to park your car.

Escadinhas São Cristóvão, Lisbon

Climbing Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, between Rua da Madalena and the Church of St. Christopher in Mouraria , you find this large mural by different artists, who illustrated the amateur fado music tradition.

Andrea Tarli, Lisbon

This piece was created in July of 2016 by the Italian artist Andrea Tarli. You can find it on Largo da Achada.

Avenida Da Liberdade

Amália, Lisbon

This mural painted by Mr. Dheo and Mosaik is found on Travessa de Santo Antão, by Avenida da Liberdade . It’s a tribute to fado singer Amália Rodrigues, created ten years after her death.

Torel, Lisbon

Portuguese artist Odith pays tribute to poet Fernando Pessoa in the Torel viewpoint , where there are also two murals by Pariz One and Argon close to Calçada do Moinho de Vento.

Santos

Bordalo II, Lisbon

The facade of a warehouse that was almost completely destroyed in a fire was the choice of the artist Bordalo II to create yet another animal (this time a fox) from objects found in the trash. It can be seen on Avenida 24 de Julho, not far from the Ribeira Market.

Vhils, Lisbon

A former school on Rua das Gaivotas was the stage for a street art exhibition in 2008, and Vhils created a piece for the façade. Today the building has been renovated and is a cultural center, but the face carved by Vhils is still there.

Cyrcle, Lisbon

Look up on Rua Presidente Arriaga in the Santos district, not far from the Ancient Art Museum , and you’ll find this 2013 piece by Cyrcle, a two-man collective made up American artists Davey Detail and David Torres from Los Angeles.

Source: https://www.lisbonlux.com/

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