Slice Of Home

Street Murals by Add Fuel, in Saint Laurent BoulevardMontréal, Canada

Street Murals by Add Fuel seen at Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montréal - Slice Of Home
Street Murals by Add Fuel seen at Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montréal - Slice Of HomeStreet Murals by Add Fuel seen at Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montréal - Slice Of Home
Image credit: Diogo Machado

Slice Of Home

atSaint Laurent BoulevardMontréal, Canada
From that little corner in the edge of Europe I call home, my practice as an artist has allowed me to be fortunate enough to travel a little bit around the world and use paint to spread a (new and personal) vision on one of our most beloved and beautiful traditions; the ‘azulejo’. It has been my immense honor and pleasure to leave a little bit of this vision in St. Laurent Boulevard, with the ‘SLICE OF HOME’ mural. A mural for Montreal, for the people of Montreal and with an extra flavor for the Portuguese community of Montreal.

Meet the Creator

"Add Fuel is Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado (b. 1980). With a degree in Graphic Design from Lisbon's IADE – Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing, he spent a few years working in design studios in Portugal, followed by an eight-month stint in Munich, Germany. Since 2007, he has been focusing exclusively on his artistic work. Starting out under the full name Add Fuel to the Fire, he first created a dark yet exuberant visual universe populated by a cast of slimy, eccentric and joyful creatures, influenced by a variety of interests ranging from video games to comics, animation, sci-fi, low-budget B films, designer toys, and urban visual culture. In 2008, fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations, he shortened his moniker and began redirecting his focus towards working with and reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Effortlessly blending these two seemingly-irreconcilable visual idioms, his current practice seeks to combine traditional decorative elements with contemporary visual referents into new forms that reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. If, on the face of it, his work in small- and medium-sized tile panels, large-scale stencil-painted murals, and print editions might seem simply a pastiche of classic formalism, a closer inspection rewards the viewer with a chaotic world of unequivocally original motifs and characters brimming with irony and humour. Creating balance and harmony from symmetrical repetitions, a build-up of layers and techniques of visual illusion such as trompe-l'œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions produce a poetic rhythm that plays with the viewer's perception and the (multiple) possibilities of interpretation. Exploring a wide range of both manual and digital techniques in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, and printing, his practice expresses a sophisticated dialogue between the old and the new, between heritage and modernity.

Besides the numerous public art interventions he has been creating in various countries, he has also been showcasing his work in solo and group exhibitions in reputed galleries, including Underdogs Gallery (Lisbon, 2017 and 2014), Saatchi Gallery (London, 2017), Nuart Gallery (Stavanger, 2017), ABV Gallery (Atlanta, 2017), Colab Gallery (Weil am Rhein, 2015), Galerie SOON (Zurich, 2013), and Pure Evil Gallery (London, 2012), and leading urban art events such as Nuart Festival (Aberdeen, 2017; Stavanger, 2016), PUBLIC’16 (Perth and Albany, 2016), Sacramento Mural Fest (Sacramento, 2016), Forgotten Project (Rome, 2015), Djerbahood (Djerba, 2014), and Tour Paris 13 (Paris, 2013), among many others.

Diogo Machado lives and works in Cascais, Portugal."

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