Art from trash: an amazing artist I have discovered in Portugal 

First, it was a nice sculpture on the streets of Lisbon that I wanted to take a picture with it (because I loved the idea and because I love… pelicans). Than, a similar sculptures surprised me in Gaia, Porto, in a rainy day. And, from there, I was looking for more about the artist and about his interesting art works, made out of trash, recycling materials. And that is how I got to read about Bordalo II, an amazing Portuguese artist. 

Check out more of Bordalo ll works, on or his Instagram account @b0rdalo_ii And the special maps that indicates his work in Lisbon (I will definitely do a tour next time when I’m there!

He’s calling himself “artist, activist”. And that is because Artur Bordalo, also known as Bordalo II (born in 1987 in Lisbon, Portugal) is famous for using street garbage to create stunning animals sculptures so as to warn people about pollution and all types of endangered species. And his works can be seen not only on the streets of Portugal, but also in Germany, SUA, France, Belgium and more. Actually, more than 200 of art works in more than 30 countries – from big works on the street to smaller ones in the galleries. 

I met his works (Meia Coruja Meia Esticada in Coimbra, Portugal, work made in 2022), Half Rabbit (GTM | Gaia Todo in Mundo Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, 2017), the Pelicans (2020) behind the Santa Justa Lift, in collaboration with Associação Mutualista Montepio, the Lobo Marinho in Câmara De Lobos, Madeira (2021)

The passion for painting dates back to childhood, when spent hours on end watching his grandfather paint in his studio. But he also did a lot of graffiti when he was young (I mean, 11 years old young) and from there… the world was his limit. In the painting course at the Academia de Belas Artes in Lisbon, he discovered sculpture, ceramics and began experimenting with the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created around two hundred animal sculptures using more than 60 tons of recycled materials. In total, on his pages, he mentioned that he used more than 115 tons of recycled materials.