Big Trash Animals – Bordalo II

from the series "big trash animals" ©BordaloII

ABOUT Bordalo II

Bordalo II is a portuguese street artist. He presents us a figurative painting full of vivacity and movement, where he paints his own interpretation of urban landscapes and city entertainment. He’s exploring his own mixed media on wood stand base, and are thus made a series of collages of objects (garbage). It is not only a way to recycle, but also a critique of the world we live in, where we often have nice things, which are based on junk without realizing it.

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Hi Bordalo! Where are you now, back home in Lisbon?

I´m in Lisbon preparing my next solo show here, a serie of 12 portable art pieces.

What is that pushes you to go out on the streets and make art?

I like the streets, there we can communicate with the people, show ideas, and have an interaction with the society.

What do you do when you are not scavenging for waste material or working on a piece?

I enjoy my life, we only live once!

Tell us about the main theme of your work, how modern society overlooks the beauty in front of them, or sees the beauty in things that are not really important…

The base behind works, even from different series, it´s how superficial is the life that we are living, we are only free to choose between “they” let us choose, and I explore the effects of that only works.

“I like to share ideas with open mind people who are not afraid to tell the truth and play with the unbreakable stereotypes”

© Bordalo II
© Bordalo II
From the series "Big Trash Animals" ©Bordalo II
“Herons / Garça Real” from the series “Big Trash Animals” ©Bordalo II

Your latest works in Lisbon resemble animals and insects made of spray painted compositions of waste material. Tell us about the inspiration behind the series… you’ve introduced a new element in this pieces, which is the resemblance to Nature (the animals). How does it change or develops from your previous work and main theme of your art?

I wouldn’t say its an evolution, its another series of works, the “big trash animals“. It´s about creating the image of the victims (nature at all) with what kills ’em ( the waste, fruit of massive production, capitalism, consumerism´s effect).

From the series "Big Trash Animals" ©Bordalo II
“Space grasshopper” from the series “Big Trash Animals” ©Bordalo II

Have you ever collaborated with other artists?

I´v had some experiences yes, but I’m more focus on my works now, i will have time later to explore mixes.

Who would you like to work with you haven’t yet?

Would be great to work with all the artists that i respect, guys like Vik Muniz, Farewell, Dran, Banksy, etc.
For different reasons from artist to artist, but specially because i like to share ideas with open mind people who are not afraid to tell the truth and play with the unbreakable stereotypes.

How does your approach change, if it does, when you are working for a piece on the streets, a commission or an exhibit?

It doesn´t much, i want my artwork free, and i have diferent series of works, some are more agressive than other, but in the end behind all of them there is are the same attitude.

What is your thought about bringing street art into galleries? Is it a paradox?

Depends about the street art, and the street artist, but btw street-art is made in the street so as much as people can watch and think, and the gallery its just one more support where different people can see.

“I like the streets, there we can communicate with the people, show ideas, and have an interaction with the society.”

Lisbon´s Keen Eye - Lisboa ©Bordalo II
Lisbon´s Keen Eye – Lisboa ©Bordalo II