ADD FUEL is the world wide work of Diogo Machado, illustrator and street artist.
We talked about my new book “□1”, past and future projects, we had some food and some fun!
"On the Road" is a new series to Fifth Wall TV that takes a look behind the scenes of the street art world.
We travel to Hong Kong, New York and further to document street art festivals, art fairs and look around artist studios.
Shot, Edited and Host: Doug Gillen
Music: Daughter - Youth (Hybrid Minds Bootleg)
Additional Photography: Ian Cox, Laura Aruallan and Brain Tallman.
"Tanto Mar delves into the design and culture of Portugal and Brazil, mapping the influences and affinity between these two countries. This show gathers artwork from different phases of our common history, since the discovery and colonization of Brazil but centers it's focus on the 20th and 21st century, presenting authors from both nationalities and several generations.
By bringing into focus multiple confluences between these two countries, MUDE Museum aims to point out renewed exchange possibilities between present and future."
I will present my piece "Crescendo", a multi-style panel with nearly 100 hand painted ceramic tiles, created specifically for this show.
Tanto Mar. Fluxos Transatlânticos do Design
Saturday, 10 March 2018, 5pm
Palácio dos Condes da Calheta
Jardim-Museu Agrícola Tropical
Rua General João de Almeida N 15, 1300-266 Lisboa, Portugal
Edition of /50
4 Color Screen Print and Varnish on 290gsm Coventry Rag Fine Art Paper
45.7 × 45.7 cm
From 1XRUN /
"Portuguese artist Add Fuel is back with his new book Square One!
Featuring a selection of original paintings, artist editions and mural pieces created over the last few years, this self-published presents a comprehensive look at Add Fuel’s signature style.
Alongside extremely limited quantities of the signed book we also have "Squared" an exclusive new hand-pulled screen print, as well as one of each of Add Fuel’s collector’s edition tiles to accompany the book! Read on as Add Fuel gives us some insight into his latest print, his self published book and much more..."
Despite of the rainy weather we had a good time and a nice evening. My heart is full and you are amazing!
I want to leave a special shout out to the people who embarked on this journey with me /
Nuno Salvaterra (Art Direction)
Valdemar Lamego (Graphic Design)
João Miranda (ADD FUEL Logo and Typeface)
Miguel Moore (Editorial support and translations)
Sasha Bogojev (Text)
Alexandre Pais (Text)
Gonçalo Martins (Website)
Photos ©Inês Vilardouro
It is my enormous pleasure to announce the launch of “□1” (Square One), the first book about my oeuvre, in an event open to all at my studio in Cascais.
Featuring a fine selection of unique artworks, artist editions and mural pieces which I've been creating over the last few years in the scope of my artistic practice, the self-published book presents a comprehensive approach to my original oeuvre which has been greatly characterised by the effort in rethinking and reworking the aesthetics of Portuguese tile work in a markedly contemporary format.
With an introductory text by art writer and curator Sasha Bogojev, and an in-depth reflection by the art historian Alexandre Pais (National Tile Museum), who look at my work in a distinct and singular way, the book also features art direction by Nuno Salvaterra, graphic design by Valdemar Lamego, and the purposely created “Add Fuel” typeface by João Miranda.
Widely illustrated throughout its 240 pages with colour photos of pieces with recourse to a variety of techniques and media – from ceramic to cross stitch embroidery, among others –, as well as public art pieces produced in countries like Portugal, Spain, the UK, Norway, France, Italy, Tunisia, United States or Australia, the book further includes a catalogue with a selection of original patterns which the I've been creating since 2008, constituting thus an overview of this unique art form in the urban environment that I've been developing.
The book is launched in a standard edition and an exclusive collector's edition that comes with an artist edition of a ceramic tile limited to 50 copies.
The launch of “□1” will take place on 3 March, between 6pm and 9pm, at the my studio located at Pestana Cidadela Cascais, in Cascais, Portugal, in parallel with the monthly openings at the other studios and galleries situated in the same space.
I would like invite you all to a welcome drink and an evening of interaction, so you can discover or rediscover my work.
Saturday, 3 March 2018, 6pm – 9pm
Diogo Machado Studio
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Av. D. Carlos I, 2750-310 Cascais
Edition of /16 + 3 Artist Proof
Gel ink on ceramic; PVC mount
30.6 × 30.6 cm
Signed Diogo Machado on the bottom right corner and numbered on the bottom left (on the PVC mount).
Limit of one piece per client/address.
September 20 at 18.00h in Avenida Infante Santo, Lisbon.
This immense project is a partnership with Freguesia da Estrela, Mistaker Maker, Museu Nacional do Azulejo, PISAL and last but not least with the invaluable ceramic production by Revigrés.
Solo exhibition at Underdogs Gallery
3 February – 4 March 2017
Underdogs Gallery is proud to present “Something old, something new, something borrowed”, a solo exhibition by Portuguese visual artist Add Fuel in Lisbon, Portugal. Based on the practice of articulation and reinterpretation that has characterised his artistic activity, Add Fuel presents in “Something old, something new, something borrowed” a staging of an intimist nature arranged in a type of idealised and stylised domestic se ing – part genuinely cosy, part openly satirical –, that suggests a narrative of decorative contours that aggregates a multiplicity of references, iconographies, and signs which, in one way or another, have contributed towards shaping his personal and artistic identity. Inviting the viewer to enter a space charged with symbolic elements, from the more obvious to the more covert, that con gure the multiple realities and readings which give life to the artist’s personal universe, “Something old, something new, something borrowed” essentially speaks of personal records and comforts, of the past and the present, of what was and what is – a series of re ections that convey a repertoire of emotions, interests, and stories particularly important to the author: distant family recollections, but also recent intimate memories; pleasant reconnections with domesticity a er long periods of travel in the real world, but also disconnections and ironic provocations with the virtual world of social media; a long relationship with the universe of animation and video games, but also another with themes of classical representation from the history of art.
is universe of seemingly irreconcilable referents that reveal the author’s personality is here materialised in a body of work that combines pieces of a di erent nature – large- and small-scale compositions that express a sophisticated dialogue between techniques and motifs both traditional and contemporary in origin. “Something old, something new, something borrowed” thus presents itself as a showcase of items where the game of contrapositions and replications that typi es Add Fuel’s original language is woven – one based on crossing artisanal methods, such as ceramic tiles or cross-stitch embroidery, with industrial and digital processes of production. Common to this authorial universe is the presence of multiple layers of signi cance that demand a close reading – a complex world of forms and figures that replicate and transform themselves under the gaze of the more a entive viewer. Exploring techniques of illusion and symmetrical repetitions that unfold in pa erned compositions, the result is a wi y and poetic harmony that tests the viewer’s visual acuity, seducing him to an intricate game that plays with his perception and the multiple possibilities of interpretation – of what is, but also of what appears to be.
- Opening reception with the artist: Friday, 3 February 2017, 7pm – 10pm
- Exhibition open until 4 March 2017
- Gallery opening hours:
- Tuesday to Saturday, from 2pm to 8pm
- Free admission
- Underdogs Gallery
- Rua Fernando Palha, Armazém 56 – Lisbon, Portugal
- Press and sales enquiries:
I mainly chose to match this specific mural because I pass it on my way to work everyday! It’s like a constant reminder that we have so much material for me to work with locally, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for the perfect outfit to wear with it. This specific section of the wall is located on the east wall of Faces Nightclub on K Street and was painted by Portuguese artist, Add Fuel (Diogo Machado). The corner section is actually part of a larger piece that was done by Nate Frizzle, which is minimally shown as the butterflies in my picture."
Lovely concept and flawless execution. Looking good! Thank you Michelle.