Portuguese Artist Creates Street Art Inspired by Traditional Portuguese Tilework

Portuguese Tile Pattern Street Art
Stencil art in Lisbon, Portugal, 2015

To highlight the history of his home country, Portuguese artist Diogo Machado creates street art inspired by traditional Portuguese Azulejo tilework. He creates intricate patterns, in the traditional blue, which he applies to walls in ceramic tiles or stencils. In his stencil work, Machado often applies tromp l’oeil techniques to give an illusion of three dimensions to his murals. The tile patterns are often depicted as emerging from the surrounding surface, as if they were painted over long ago. Machado can be followed on Instagram.

Portuguese Tile Pattern Street Art
Ceramic art in Covilh√£, Portugal, 2011

Portuguese Tile Pattern Street Art
Stencil art in Erriadh, Tunisia, 2014

Portuguese Tile Pattern Street Art
Ceramic art in Lisbon, Portugal

Portuguese Tile Pattern Street Art
Stencil art in Cascais, Portugal, 2014

photos via Diogo Machado