Bordalo II is a Portuguese artist who was born in Lisbon in 1987. He began making art at a young age, where he would make small sketches on his school notebooks. Bordalo II has exhibited work across the world and plans to keep doing so. He currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Artur Bordalo spent eight years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lisbon, Portugal, where he studied painting and discovered sculpture, ceramics, and tested a variety of materials. His love for painting dates back to his childhood when he spent hours watching his grandpa paint in his studio and tagging in the city’s underworld. Artur Bordalo began spray-painting walls in the streets at the age of 11, and he named himself Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017), who had been an artist before him.
Bordalo’s most common art form is using trash from the streets that have been thrown away by people into large animal sculptures that resemble some of the endangered species that are rapidly disappearing due to human interaction with nature. His Art aims to convince people into understanding the terrible things going on in nature today due to human interaction with animals and nature. He also had an exhibit that featured 3D printed insects made from 8 pieces of recycled plastic.
Bordalo`s website shares his philosophy behind his work stating: “My goal is to try to make people aware of all the irrationality that surrounds us- how we humans beings are destroying this planet with everything on it, I think that art is a very powerful tool to achieve this.”
Bordalo`s artwork shows the destruction and beauty in nature itself. He says: “I think that art is a very powerful tool to achieve this.” His work has been exhibited all over the world in New York, Tel Aviv, Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin just to name a few cities.
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