Add Fuel is Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado (b. 1980). With a degree in Graphic Design from Lisbon’s IADE – Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing, he spent a few years working in design studios in Portugal, followed by an eight-month stint in Munich, Germany.

Since 2007, he has been focusing exclusively on his artistic work. Starting out under the full name Add Fuel to the Fire, he first created a dark yet exuberant visual universe populated by a cast of slimy, eccentric and joyful creatures, influenced by a variety of interests ranging from video games to comics, animation, sci-fi, low-budget B films, designer toys, and urban visual culture.

In 2008, fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations, he shortened his moniker and began redirecting his focus towards working with and reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Effortlessly blending these two seemingly-irreconcilable visual idioms, his current practice seeks to combine traditional decorative elements with contemporary visual referents into new forms that reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. If, on the face of it, his work in small- and medium-sized tile panels, large-scale stencil-painted murals, and print editions might seem simply a pastiche of classic formalism, a closer inspection rewards the viewer with a chaotic world of unequivocally original motifs and characters brimming with irony and humour.

Creating balance and harmony from symmetrical repetitions, a build-up of layers and techniques of visual illusion such as trompe-l’œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions produce a poetic rhythm that plays with the viewer’s perception and the (multiple) possibilities of interpretation. Exploring a wide range of both manual and digital techniques in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, and printing, his practice expresses a sophisticated dialogue between the old and the new, between heritage and modernity.

Diogo Machado lives and works in Cascais, Portugal.

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Anthony Lister is an Australian artist, born in 1979. He travels extensively but mainly lives in Sydney, his favorite exploration ground.

He began painting on tarmac at the age of 17, he had the « graffiti virus » as he says. In 2001, Anthony Lister graduated from the Art School in Queensland, Brisbane. After his training, he met Max Gimblett, considered to be one of the most influential calligraphers of New Zealand, and followed him to New York to deploy his talents.

His initial work remained attached to the urban decor. A street-artist for sure, Lister mainly did illustration and installations. His pictorial style developed in city streets, but remained refined with a play on shadows and blurry borders, which made him look like a painter.

He claimed the Lowbrow movement, made up of codes of the popular culture with re-appropriating objects. Advertising, television, comics or cartoons are depicted in his work and redefined. He draws rough looking super heroes, but Lister’s work doesn’t leave anything to chance. He makes fun of heroes of modern times, that we are used to seeing on our television screens and draws energy from all the grotesques of the Western culture and then portrays them.

He mixes street art, pop art and expressionism, the artist uses encrypted messages and the spectator is free to decipher them. He triggers debate and gives a feeling of a mastered chaos.

Antony Lister was nominated as one of the most collected artists by the Australian Art Collector in 2010. The Vogue Magazine in Australia devoted a series of fashion photos by staging models in front of his works. We can see his work on the walls of Milan, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Sydney and exhibited in Australia, the US and UK.

 


Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director. His satirical street and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of the English musical group Massive Attack.

Banksy created a documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as the « world’s first street art disaster movie », which made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film. In 2014n he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.

 


Brusk is a French artist born in Saint Priest, near Lyon in 1976. He discovered street art during the 90’s and created his initial graffiti work at the Lyon Part Dieu station.

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One of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York, DAIN combines the visual language of graffiti with collaged old portraits of Hollywood glamour stars.

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Thomas Dartigues aka Decktwo is a Paris City-based artist. He is a pluridisciplinary artist who does wall painting, drawing, motion graphic design and VFX.

He likes to mix media and not to be locked in one space. Decktwo has been drawing since he was a kid and started to paint on walls in 1996. He sometimes likes to put away pencils and markers and grab his graphic tablet and computer. However the heart of his work remains the same every time, drawing is the link in everything he does, it always starts from there.

In 2007, he was chosen to paint the entire Arums gallery walls, exhibited with famous artists like Philippe Pasqua and Ron Arad amongst all. Since then he’s been called all around the world for live paintings, from Tokyo to New York through Geneva. He also worked with brands like L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Guerlain, Lancôme, Renault, Ford, Asics, Vilebrequin, etc. His paintings and drawings receive an international growing interest from private collections.



Dutch artist Eric Basstein started painting on an early age and at the age of 19 he went to art school. 

Although he didn’t had the right degree the school decided to take him in by judging his work. After two years he decided to quit school and start focussing on one of his other passions, music.

He first made a name for himself in his hometown Eindhoven and soon after that other parts of The Netherlands followed. As a dj he got in contact with well known dj’s and producers, who worked with him as a dj and also as an illustrator.

After 10 years in the music scene he felt that the need to paint again got bigger and bigger. In 2015 Eric decided to switch back to painting and this time with full focus. He took his experience from his musical background with him, and used that for his paintings. It was the way how electronic music is produced that showed many similarities with painting. The use of multiple layers and all sorts of existing samples to create a new song inspired him. This is how Eric came up with the idea to make collages with samples of old paintings, comic books and fashion magazines. These collages are sketches for his paintings.

Eric’s blend of the historical and modern is sublime. His paintings blends realist figurative work inspired by old masters with abstractions taken from comic books and fashion. His work combines contemporary and classical references to create an astonishingly resonant dialogue with the viewer.

In 2016 his work got noticed by dj/producer Martin Garrix who asked him to create a painting for his song ’Spotless’. And more recent he was asked by Nike to create a painting for nike air max day.



Fidia Falaschetti is an Italian artist, born in 1977 in Marche, Italy.

Falaschetti presents a wide range of multi-media pieces that delve into the concepts of commercialism, consumerism, pop culture and the globalization of mainstream media. The artist explores the relationship between digital and analog, appropriating materials and elements of the past and transforming them into impactful contemporary objects. Fidia Falaschetti creates work that is satirical and playful but also confronts the viewer to think about how and what they consume.

Fidia’s journey into art began in his early childhood, raised in a hugely inspiring and creative family. At the age of 16, Fidia was hired to produce wall paintings and illustrations for multiple stores and established companies. He grew up inspired by different subcultures, and then formed his creative skills from street art and the hip hop world. He studied “Production Design” at the Academy of Fine Arts, between Macerata and Florence in Italy, where he graduated in 2002. Having already embarked on his professional career as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer since 1995, he has also collaborated with many international brands.

Over a few very successful years Fidia has exhibited his work in museums, art fairs and galleries in India, France, The United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Switzerland, The UK and of course Italy, highlighted by international awards, newspaper and  many magazine  publications. He also spends long periods traveling outside of  Italy, to become inspired by the amazing things which the world has to offer.

 


Gris1 is a French artist and a member of Da Mental Vaporz (DMV) crew who was born in the south of France in the 80s and found his vocation for art during his studying time in 1996.

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Born and raised in the south of France, Kan’s initiation to Graffiti came through boredom. Trapped in high school, the young artist was busier sketching in his school books and carving his name on his classroom tables than listening to his teachers.

Painting anonymously at night in search of his hometown’s best spots, Kan fell further down the Graffiti hole after a first trip to Paris, followed by another one to Los Angeles, both exposing him to the best of what our culture has to offer.

Hanging out for a long time with Bom.k, he joined the Da Mental Vaporz in 2000 after moving to Paris to pursue a successful career as motion designer. Together, they embarked in the production of high scale murals throughout Paris southern suburbs. Since then Kan has participated to many graffiti jams and steadily exhibited his work in galleries across the world, from Paris to London and New York.

Combining his passion for computers, video and design to traditional Graffiti techniques, Kan has distorted his name a thousand ways, from throw ups to digitalised block letters to pixel art, halftone graffiti and dripping QR codes. At first glance, a series of dots hypnotise the viewers, suddenly connecting in their mind to form a portrait, a familiar figure that stares back them. Who’s watching who?

 


Kenor is a Barcelona artist who uses simple shapes and strong colors to create art on different supports, such as canvas, walls, installations and even clothes.

The abstract geometries that characterize his work are always the result of the visual interpretation of the music that motivates his creative action: techno, and more specifically Detroit techno. This musical style, made of textures, informs Kenor’s practice as he materializes it through gesture, the very act of painting.

 

 


Max Zorn, was born in Amsterdam. After a youth spent in his native country, he went to study psychology in Sweden but nothing left him to foresee a future of street artist.

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Les dépôts de trains comme des cathédrales, Maxime Drouet cède au patrimoine graffiti les plus belles preuves que tout cela est bien plus qu’une histoire de peinture.

Entrainé dans une culture qu’il découvre en partie à travers les publications photographiques de Martha Cooper et Henry Chalfant, Maxime conquiert sans relâche, depuis plus de quinze ans maintenant, un terrain de jeu des moins aisément domptables : le réseau ferroviaire.

Il grandit avec la ligne nord et ses trains de banlieues. Tristement condamnés début 2010 à disparaître, il décide justement d’en sauver l’âme, appareil photo greffé à la main.

Maxime est rattrapé brutalement par les démons judiciaires en 2011. Son support de prédilection évanouit avec sa liberté de peindre, il s’agit alors de survivre coûte que coûte à sa passion.

Forcé de recadrer sa pratique, la découverte d’un cimetière de rames abandonnées devient pur lui le théâtre d’une résurrection. Dans la discrétion, Maxime peint des panels dans le style qui lui est propre. Des heures durant et à ciel ouvert, il travaille cette matière première.

La photographie comme clé de voute de son travail, il oriente son regard, depuis l’intérieur des wagons, sur les vitres peintes à l’opacité relative. Ici les contours sont flous, les couches sont superposées et les projections par bouquets jouent avec nos perceptions.

Il lui serait impossible de s’arrêter la. Mordre dans la chair de ces trains constitue l’étape suivante. En décrochant une à une les vitres peintes, il érige d’uniques reliques du graffiti.

L’artiste façonne des caissons de bois ou prennent place les tirages photographiques. Un rétroéclairage habile vient ensuite habiter ces scènes d’intérieurs, apportant contrastes et profondeurs.


Rafael (a.k.a. Sliks) was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.

Strongly affected by the textures of the city and its degradation by the time and the pollution, his works are the syntheses of trials on colour, thickness of the brush strokes and crossing between micro and macro to compose an artistic piece, adapting the wall painting technique known to canvas. Using different types of lines, he creates abstract pieces of art which migrates from figurative to random, synthetic and micro.

 


Taps & Moses, the artist duo also known as Ernie & Bert, Alias and Topsprayer™, has grabbed the attention after their most recent exhibitions in both the art world and public space. Continue reading →



Victor Ash, also known as Ash, is a Copenhagen-based artist originally from Paris, France. Ash primarily works on canvas, lithography, and sometimes installations. He has exhibited regularly in various museums and galleries around the world since the late 1980s.

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Yoh Nagao is a pop collage artist from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, based in Berlin since April 2012. After graduating from Nagoya Zokei University, he began working as a graphic designer and illustrator, while freely expressing his unique style as an artist.

He gained prominence in Japan after receiving the Uniqlo Creative Award in 2005 (now UTGP), exhibiting at the International Poster Triennial in Toyama, and being selected for the SHIFT calendar design contest. These successes at international competitions led Yoh to expand his work overseas. After a successful first-ever solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2009, he received an honourable mention in the collage category of the international competition ARTAQ Urban Art Award (France) in 2011.

He was invited to participate in the PICK ME UP Contemporary Graphic Art Fair held in London that same year, becoming a serious contender on the international art stage. Since then, his pieces were also showcased in numerous art fairs and events in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Angers, London, and Tokyo.

In 2008, his work was displayed in the famous boutique shop Colette in Paris. His work has also been published in high profile magazines such as Nakedbutsafe (Germany), Lodown (Germany), Dazed and Confused (England), and DPI (Taiwan). In the summer of 2014, in Isla Mujeres (Mexico), he collaborated with the project SEA WALLS by PangeaSeed (USA), creating an outdoor mural with the artist Aaron Glasson (New Zealand) that was showcased in The Huffington Post and The New York Times online.

He was also selected by the organisation World Art Destinations as one of the 30 artists who took part in the Festival International de Arte Público in Cancún, Mexico, where he created an installation of a 100 multicoloured paper planes that captivated the Festival’s audience. Back in Japan, his art works were selected to depict the popular JRA Chukyo Racecourse in Japan for 2015, widely showcased in the subway network of Nagoya.

Nagao’s pieces, exhibitions and artistic collaborations have steadily gained specialized but also wide public appreciation, confirming the rising value of his unique style and endless creativity, which is being recognized all over the world.

 


Franck Noto, famous under the pseudonym « Zest », is a French artist born in Montpelier. Due to his family background, he discovered graffiti and tags in 1995, at the age of fifteen and got involved in this very area quickly. From then on, he became an urban abstract painter.

Zest’s work summarizes his various influences. His work is structured through key recurring elements, these include bright fluorescent colors and women’s bodies. The sensual curves of the latter are in contrast with the pure forms and letters and lose their bearings in a pictorial labyrinth, where suggestion is more important than representation.

Zest revisits these classic codes pertaining to graffiti, he tries to avoid rules and traditions, which were established in advance. He mixes styles and techniques, by using a paint brush and spray paint, but also a marker and a paint roller.

With his TDM team, he has created many colorful frescoes, presented in major European galleries, but also in New York and Noumea.

 


Zevs (pronounced Zeus), born Christopher Aghirre Schwarz on 17th November, 1977 in Saverne is a French street artist.

He began painting in the streets of Paris during late 80’s and in 1991, he escaped an accident with the Parisian suburban train, this is when he found his artist name, which was inspired by the name of the train, Zeus. Initially he painted shadows and silhouettes of the Parisian street furniture, then he discovered the technique of « reverse graffiti » which involves cleaning the dirty walls of the city and showing this aspect through drawing on those areas which were cleaned. He uses visible paint with ultraviolet rays. He joined forces with the artist Invader in 1999 and dedicated himself to the city of Montpellier under the pseudonym @nonymous.

Zevs’s aim is to illustrate the influence of celebrities and multinationals on the contemporary culture. A good example would be his « Liquidated Logos » series, where he transforms logos of international brands, and his project in 2004 « Visual Kidnapping », where he leaves the message «Visual Kidnapping pay now!!», after having ripping the muse poster of Café Lavazza, fifteen meters in height at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

His work has been displayed in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and major exhibition was dedicated to him at chateau de Vincennes early 2016, where his photos, installations, videos, sculptures and paintings were presented.