1987 · Portugal

Artist biography

Vhils is an emerging artist, who was born and brought up in Portugal, like other celebrated artists such as Cláudio Garrudo, Ana Manso, Jose Pedro Croft, Luís Manuel Araújo, and Mariana Gomes. Vhils was born in 1987.


Vhils' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Realm at Magda Danysz Gallery | Shanghai in China. The exhibition was open from 23 March 2019 until 15 June 2019. Vhils' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; PARTI PRIS (17 May 2019 - 31 May 2019) at Magda Danysz Gallery | Paris in France and VIS A VIS (08 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) at Magda Danysz Gallery | Paris in France.

Further Biographical Context for Vhils

Born in 1987, Vhils was primarily inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the cultural tone of the era.


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