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Create, Recreate, Assemble, and Develop Ideas by Bordalo II

Bordalo II was born in Lisbon, 1987. He belong to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist and greedy. With the production of things at its highest, the production of “waste” and unused objects is also at its highest.

“Waste” is quoted because of its abstract definition: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

“I create, recreate, assemble, and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological and social awareness,” he said on his website, bordaloii.com.

Big Trash Animals
Trash Animals is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet.

The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, out of materials that are responsible for its destruction.

These works are built with end-of-life materials: the majority found in wastelands, abandoned factories or randomly and some are obtained from companies that are going through a recycling process.

Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness.


World Gone Crazy
The fear of becoming what society wants us to become, the drama of true happiness and its proportion to what we possess and the terror that is hidden behind the truth. My installations are the main result of consumerism at its craziest: garbage/waste, but for me raw material. I assemble situations that occur in a city with its own waste: challenging the public to see things from a deeper perspective. Hypothetical situations are created and roles are switched: comical becomes shameful. Fear, drama and terror gain a new color.

Provocative Street Art
Social criticism, jokes: meaningful changes with little intervention in public spaces. I want to spark feelings in society. It is a way to protest and to express my ideas, fears, concerns and thoughts.

Railroad Tracks
I use railroad tracks as a canvas – it’s a metaphor for the life we live. They are located in restricted areas, and as hard as it is to access them and to take pictures, I post them later where people can see them – online – where we live.






Solo shows
Arte Periférica – Lisboa, Portugal
“Pánico, drama, terror”

Arte Periférica – Lisboa, Portugal
“World Gone Crazy”

Outsiders Factory – Lausane, Switzerland
“System Boys”

Montana Shop & Gallery – Lisboa, Portugal
“Tornar o banal original”

Collective Shows & Festivals
Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, USA
Nuart Festival – Stavanger, Norway
From Trash to Art – Baku, Azerbaijan
Graffiti Street Underground – London, UK
Urban Forms Festival – Lódz, Poland
Ocean Climax Festival – Berlin, Germany
Agitágueda – Aguega, Portugal
Observaria – Estarreja, Portugal

Wool Urban Art Festival – Covilhã, Portugal
Smart Travel Festival – Bragança, Portugal
O Bairro i o Mundo Festival – Loures, Portugal
Armazéns do Chiado Art Meeting – Lisboa, Portugal
Elementi Sotterranei Street Art Festival – Gemona, Italy
Montana Shop & Gallery “Mar Motto” – Lisboa, Portugal

Walk&Talk Street Art Festival – Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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