Introduction

IMPRINT
“IMPRINT – WORKS BY ALEXANDRE FARTO AKA VHILS” TO OPEN AT CAFA ART MUSEUM, BEIJING    
CAFA Art Museum, Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, The Embassy of Portugal in China and Vhils Studio are pleased to present “Imprint”, the first solo exhibition in Beijing by critically acclaimed Portuguese visual artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils.  

Featuring an entirely new body of works, “Imprint” will be showcased at CAFA Art Museum, Gallery 3B, between 30 June and 23 July 2017. The opening ceremony with the presence of the artist will take place on 30 June (Friday). The exhibition is organised by CAFA Art Museum and Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in association with the Embassy of Portugal in China and Vhils Studio, and supported by REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, China Three Gorges International Corporation, and UNICER.  

Singled out by Forbes magazine in their 2015 “30 under 30s” success list in the “Art and Style” category, Vhils is renowned for his signature visual language based on an original carving technique applied to an assortment of mediums. His work offers a meaningful reflection on the relationship between people and the urban environment, highlighting the poetic dimension of the present-day human condition in contemporary urban societies. Known for his substantial portraits carved into buildings and other structures in public spaces, Vhils is also the author of a vast body of works presented in solo and group exhibitions in various countries around the world.  

 “Imprint” will further explore the artist’s ongoing reflection on the nuanced relationship between contemporary cities and their inhabitants.