After Finok, Nunca, Sainer and others, the Underdogs collective from Lisbon are continuing their efforts to bring the highest quality street and urban art to the Portuguese capital. They are currently hosting Ernest Zacharevic at their studio, as he’s preparing his upcoming solo show, finishing a new limited edition etching, and creating new public art in the city (more on that below).
In his signature style, the Lithuanian-born artist recently finished two small works applying his classic painting skills to the streets. One piece shows a little boy playing with a yellow line that has crossed over tags and graffiti. It’s a common thing in Portugal for graffiti to be buffed this way instead of fully painted over. Zacharevic once again demonstrates his penchant for adjusting to his surroundings and took this as an opportunity to turn the notorious line into a playground for his characters. Another piece he created is his tribute to one of the most iconic foods of Portugal, and pretty much a symbol of the city and country – the sardine. By painting a photorealistic oversized fish on a bright yellow surface in a typical neighborhood, the Malaysia-based artist mixed the traditional Portugal culture, graffiti, street art, and fine art.