1.Bordalo IIis a growing artist.
His passion for painting dates back to his childhood, when he spent hours on end watching his grandfather paint in his studio and also due to the underworld of the city of Lisbon — strongly influenced at the time by graffiti practices. He began spray-painting walls in the streets at the age of 11, with the stage nameBordalo II, honoring and highlighting the artistic legacy of his grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017). In the painting course at the Academia de Belas Artes in Lisbon, he discovered sculpture, ceramics and began experimenting with the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created around two hundred animal sculptures using more than 60 tons of recycled materials.
2. Nationally and internationally renowned artist
The public space is the chosen stage for his explorations of color and scale and the platform where he has built and developed his artistic work, which currently focuses on questioning the materialistic and greedy society of which he (also) belongs. In fact, his work is represented in several museums in the country and in private collections in France, Italy, Japan, the United States and Germany.
3. The works ofBordalo IIare constantly valuing.
Since the beginning of his career there has been a growing demand for his pieces. As there is a lot of demand, whether large or small sculptures, the works ofBordalo IItend to value.Bordalo IIis known above all for its pieces of art made from waste, in a critique of consumerist society and the way human beings exploit natural resources. The truth is that the theme of sustainability, the use of materials from waste, and pure realism attract the public!
4.Art as a message for sustainability:Artworks that help the environment.
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 adversities interfering with the balance of the planet. In a society where the uncontrolled consumption and abandonment of practically new products is natural, it is necessary to talk about garbage in order to create solutions to this problem. From the 1960s onwards, this environmental and ecological concern was brought to the field of the 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, an increasing number of artists began to produce abroad.Bordalo IIgrows with these concerns and transmits this unrest constantly to his works. Its installations show the influence of artists such as Joseph Beuys, who believed that the only force capable of changing humanity and the social order was art, based on human creativity. But also Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades, collages byPablo Picassoand Georges Braque, among other creations that transformed our perception of a work of art.
5. Pieces of Art that stand out.
The once-abandoned objects - the plates, the tires, the doors - in the hands ofBordalo IIacquire an aesthetic and communicative function, in the form of animals. The Portuguese artist wants to represent in his works an image of nature, based on what destroys them - garbage, waste and pollution, clearly expressing a critique of consumerism and offering a sustainable solution. Its installations “Big Trash Animals”, dispersed throughout the world - public or museum - shout about the need for socio-ecological sustainability. On the streets of his hometown, a series of works, ”Provocative” and “Train Tracks”, interact with urban fabric and furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and constraints. These small, ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing diverse themes, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others.