Street Art is hot! During my trip through Portugal (September 2020), I was looking for as much street art as possible. For the street art enthusiasts among us, it is not longer a secret that in many cities and villages of Portugal, plenty of street art festivals are held with mainly Portuguese artists, who in my opinion belong to the absolute world top.
While preparing for my trip, I noticed that there was a new street art festival (FALU Festival – Festival Artístico de Linguagens Urbanas) going on in Caldas da Rainha ( which started in early June and ended in mid-October) with an impressive line up: ADD FUEL, Bordalo II, Nuno Viegas, Daniel Eime and AKA Corleone. All artists with a completely different style. There was also an “Open Call” contest, won by C’Marie & Esgrito, completed a magnificent collab. FALU festival is a project curated by Riscas Vadias.
When I visited Caldas da Rainha, only the work of Bordalo II was not finished, unfortunately. Below you will find my photographed works of the first edition of FALU Festival 2020.
Caldense – ADD FUEL
Let’s kick off with one of my favorite artists: ADD FUEL, who is known for his traditional Portuguese ceramic tile design stencil painted artworks. His work Caldense is a tribute to Bordallo Pinheiro, a very known and well talented Ceramic artist and ADD FUEL reinterpreted the legacy of the Caldas Ceramics.
Location: Rua Capitão Filipe de Sousa (parking area)
Corte – Daniel Eime
Daniel Eime is a talented brush master that combines stencils, dripping and realism to depict works showcasing strange characters, with enigmatic gazes. His work in Caldas da Rainha, is a part of his The Last Portraits series that close’s a stencil portraits cycle with more then 12 years.
Location: Rua Coronel Soeiro de Brito 10 (parking area)
Obrigado – AKA Corleone
Pedro Campiche aka AKA Corleone is visual artist and illustrator, based in Lisbon. His work Obrigado for FALU Festival is a tribute and a big thanks to all the healthcare workers in the frontline fighting a the COVID-19 pandemic.
Location: Rua Augusto Gil, bloco 4
Glove & Golden Crown – Nuno Viegas
With this mural, Nuno Viegas has completed his Glove & Golden Crown project, which consists of a canvas, print and this mural. Perfectly executed piece.
Location: Praça 5 Outubro
Manhãs do Mar – C’Marie & Egrito
The artist duo C’Marie and Joao Margarido aka Egrito were the winners of the Open Call contest and executed their winning colorful collab Manhãs do Mar.
Location: R. José Pedro Ferreira 24
Lighted Plastic Fruit Bat – Bordalo II
This trash art installation was created by the world renowned trash art artist Bordalo II, unfortunately I wasn’t able to this artwork since it was made after my short visit to Caldas da Rainha. A new masterpiece by the trash art king himself. Location: Rua Capitão Filipe de Sousa (parking area)
Random Street Art found in Caldas da Rainha
In Caldas da Rainha I was mainly focused on the street art works for the FALU Festival, but along the way I also came across some beautiful artful interventions.
Other Random Finds