Add fuel was recently in the Portuguese city of Viseu invited to take part in this year’s Tons de Primavera festival for which he created this new and beautiful mural.
Titled ‘Overlapanha’ and located in the Dão region, one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal, the new mural is according to Add Fuel the result of an exploration on how two distinct quadrilateral shapes can inhabit in the same space, and how this experience can be occupied by a semi-human component, depicted as the romantic act of simply, “holding something”.
As usual in Add Fuel’s work, the work introduces and reinterprets the language of the traditional Portuguese azulejo, not only to express or highlight his own Portuguese identity, but also to reflect about the significance of tradition, what it means for us and how we can preserve it in a fast paced and technologically advanced modern world, always researching for traditional patterns from the region in which he is working. Here the result of that research.

Add Fuel is Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado (1980). A former graphic designer, his recent artistic practice has been focused on reinterpreting and playing with the language of traditional tile design, and that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular. Blending traditional and contemporary elements, his original vector-based designs and stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. Based on a combination of tesselations that create balance from symmetrical repetitions and visual illusion techniques such as trompe-l’œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions create a poetic rhythm that plays with the viewer’s perception and the possibilities of interpretation. He has been showcasing his work in both solo and group exhibitions since 2006, as well as participating in some of the world’s leading urban art events.

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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.