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For this week's Street Art Update, Vhils is our guy, using a wide range of materials and creating some really beautiful portraits. Vhils is a great artist and lucky for us a lot of his work is up on the walls of the world from Portugal to Moscow and China to New York City!

Words by Mia Kingsley

Vhils uses a range of age groups for his portraits but I really like his older subjects, I think the texture of their skin allows Vhils to work deeper and get more into the material creating great expressions through his technique.

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However this girl is super cute!

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Vhils use of eyes is also a strong factor to his portraits, a lot of the emotion is caught in his characters' eyes.

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Another trait I like about a lot in Vhils work is his use of the material. Textures are a big element to his pieces whether its layering of ripped paper off of billboards or in the the case of the work above the rubble from the wall.

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Here is another example of his layering and use of different mediums, it's a really great touch to have the hands and face in contrasting materials and also adds depth to the portrait.

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This piece has been made with metal, for other projects even wood is used. Check out his website and decide for yourself which portrait and material you prefer....