Following in the footsteps of his grandfather – a painter of the city walls in Lisbon – Bordalo II spent his youth creating old-school and illegal graffiti. He realized it was time for a change, one where his street knowledge could act as a tool in his further career, and now dedicates his practice to problems affecting society on a global scale.
As an artist and activist, his inspiration comes from nature and the daily experiences from living the city life, although most of his work is focused on opposing a generation driven by consumerism and materialism that started in the 80ies.
Amazing large-scale works named “Big Trash Animals”, recreate a part of nature in an innovative way, with objects that are responsible for the destruction of the habitat and life of these same animals.
His street art installations are built with materials that have lost purpose, often found in wastelands, abandoned factories or even through recycling – burnt garbage cans, damaged bumpers, old tires and appliances are just some of the visually transformed objects that can be identified in his installations. They are camouflaging the result of our habits that are dangerous to the life of our planet. Since his works are displayed at the most crucial locations, namely right in front of your doorstep, they continue to create social and ecological awareness with each spectator from day to day.