Onderweg naar Albufeira reden we door Olhão. Deze kleurrijke bouwval was moeilijk te missen. Na wat speurwerk ontdekte ik dat dit gebouw ‘Vivende Victoria’ heet en dat er een plaatselijke graffiti-artiest is die leegstaande gebouwen en saaie muren gebruikt als canvas.
‘Dario Silva isn’t a name that I knew until recently. I’ve been seeing his handiwork around Olhão, in the Eastern Algarve, for a number of years, mostly on old and unloved buildings. A prolific street artist, in 2009 he was forced to stop using spray paint. The toxic fumes in the paint were damaging his liver. But you can’t keep a good artist down. “The street is my addiction”, he said.
In recovery, he turned to painting with a brush and water-based paints. It’s a much slower medium but it enables him to continue to paint. His work might once have been regarded as vandalism, but now the commissions are coming in and even the local council have embraced him. Many think that Olhão is a finer place for his intervention.’ SOURCE