Bordallo II, the ecological artist

Bordalo II, o artista ecológico

Plates, computer keyboards, bicycle tires are some of the objects chosen by Bordalo II for the production of his works. Artur Bordalo, grandson of the plastic artist Real Bordalo, was born in 1987, in Lisbon. In honor of his intrinsic artistic roots in the family, he chose the name Bordalo II. This young artist has been resorting to the use of abandoned objects on city streets for his artistic production. Garbage, namely plastic, metal and electronic materials, became compositional materials, which are transformed and molded by the artist in the form of an animal. The choice of these materials is Artur Bordalo's way of criticizing the way we live today. Waste, materialism, our own consumerism and the urgent need for sustainability are the themes addressed at its facilities.

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Who is Bordallo II?

From his grandfather's atelier, later on to graffiti in the streets of Lisbon, Artur Bordalo's interest in the art world is evident from an early age. He attended the Painting course at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, however he ended up not completing his studies. It was during his eight years at this university that Bordalo II began by exploring and testing the combination of various practices and materials such as sculpture, ceramics, mosaic and glass.

The public space turned out to be the stage for the exploration and development of his artistic work. In 2012, he built the first animals in two factories that had closed their doors in Cabo Ruivo. His works reached international proportions from the sharing of photos on social media. Platforms such as Colossal, Bored Panda and High Frutose boosted recognition in the artistic world and provided visibility to the young artist's works.

Artur Bordalo told how it all started in an interview with Notícias Magazine where he said: « Unfortunately, I never have problems to get more garbage. My good is the evil of the world. (...) I did a series of works in abandoned places, photographed and sent these images to dissemination platforms specialized in urban arts. »

Bordalo II is an artist in constant growth, in terms of the proportions of his works, but also in the amount of exhibitions at European and American level.

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sustainability in art

In recent centuries, the world population has been growing, thus increasing the consumption of natural resources and the production of waste. The act of consumption itself is not a problem, as it is necessary for our survival. However, when we consume excessively, exploiting the Earth's natural resources, we create adversity interfering with the planet's balance. In a society where uncontrolled consumption and abandonment of practically new products is natural, it is necessary to talk about waste in order to create solutions to this problem. From the 1960s onwards, this environmental and ecological concern was brought to the field of arts. Many artists began to produce works that questioned our own survival and the consequences of human action on natural resources. At a time when art was thought of as belonging to a closed space, museums, galleries, houses, a growing number of artists began to produce abroad.

Bordalo II grows with these concerns and constantly transmits this restlessness to his works. The influence of artists such as Joseph Beuys can be seen in his installations, who believed that the only force capable of changing humanity and the social order was art, based on human creativity. But also ready-mades by Marcel Duchamp, collages by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, among other creations that transformed our perception of a work of art.

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The animals of Bordallo II

The objects once abandoned, in the hands of Artur Bordalo, now tell a new story. Sheets, tires and doors acquire an aesthetic and communicative function, clearly expressing a criticism of consumerism, but offering a sustainable solution. Bordalo II wants to represent in his works an image of nature based on animals, which are built from what destroys them - garbage, waste and pollution.

On the P55 Marketplace, we can find pieces with faces that bring movement, expression and above all feeling. Beyond the purpose of the artistic objective, these works have an active presence in the common sphere, that is, art ends up being a vehicle for the transformation of social consciousness. What is the true potential of art in terms of its possible transformation in society? Art can change our vision, leading the viewer to ask himself about several questions. In this way, it has the power to inform, clarify or interrogate and this can lead to transformation. The animals built by Bordalo II are now found in the mouths and streets of the world, shouting about the need for socio-ecological sustainability.

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Give a new life to the city from the garbage

Artur Bordalo's grandfather, Real Bordalo, painted the urban landscape of the city of Lisbon using oils and watercolors. Currently, knowing the power of art, especially in public space, the young artist transforms this landscape. Its facilities, produced from garbage, breathe new life into the city, integrating nature where it no longer exists. These urban visual expressions revitalize spaces making them more alive, cosmopolitan and contemporary. With a great impact as a communication agent, they have become an integral part of the identity and image of cities. The animals of this young artist are currently found in various urban and national and international museums. On the P55 Marketplace you can discover their works without having to walk through the streets of these cities. Discover here the animal Bordallo II .

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