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In Portugal, the Azulejo tile is more than a mere decorative element of little intrinsic value. It has been an important medium for Portuguese ar… Read More
In Portugal, the Azulejo tile is more than a mere decorative element of little intrinsic value. It has been an important medium for Portuguese artistic expression for more than five centuries. Read Less
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The Portuguese Tiles
Street art goes tradicional
In Portugal, the Azulejo tile is more than a mere decorative element of little intrinsic value. It has been an important medium for Portuguese artistic expression for more than five centuries."
History is once again retold, this time inserted in the "add fuel to the fire" universe - the work of Diogo Machado; where the Azulejo tile is turned into a mass of colour, characters, shapes and details. I try to reinvent the azulejo tile's patterns and shapes, and share my tiles with the city and the cities I travel to.

ABOUT THIS (ongoing) PROJECT
Diogo Machado excels in creating imaginary worlds, where he combines fictional characters, decorative elements, a distinctive trait, an omnipresent humor and a remarkable sense of symmetry. In the series of tiles that he lays on the walls, he creates the idea of a trompe l'oeil, leading us to believe that these are scenes inspired in a medieval universe; such is the rigor with which he draws. However, when we're closer and see the tiles carefully, we discover a completely contemporary composition of figures and creatures. It's a pop world, strange, were irony is always present.
text by Teresa Azevedo