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ADD FUEL is the world wide work of Diogo Machado, illustrator and street artist.


Montreal, Canada, 2018
Curated by Station 16 Gallery

From August 9 to September 1 of 2018, at Station 16 Gallery, the show ‘XVII-XXI’ explores the connections between old techniques of ceramic painting and elements of our increasingly technological and mediacentric society.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Montreal, Canada, 2018
Curated by Station 16 Gallery

From that little corner in the edge of Europe I call home, my practice as an artist has allowed me to be fortunate enough to travel a little bit around the world and use paint to spread a (new and personal) vision on one of our most beloved and beautiful traditions; the ‘azulejo’.
It has been my immense honor and pleasure to leave a little bit of this vision in St. Laurent Boulevard, with the ‘SLICE OF HOME’ mural. A mural for Montreal, for the people of Montreal and with an extra flavor for the Portuguese community of Montreal.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Blackburn Open Walls, 2018
Blackburn, UK

‘Make Blackburn Beautiful’ is the motto for Blackburn Open Walls. With this in mind, the idea behind this mural is to create a disruption from the industrial and earth tones widely present in this city adding vibrant blues and local cultural elements such as the Lancashire Rose.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Alter Ego, Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, 2018
Macau, China
Curated by Pauline Foessel and Alexandre Farto

Included in the project Alter Ego, this piece reflects on the cultural dynamism between Portugal and Macau and how several elements can be altered and/or conjugated, either by form or chromatic, as to be perceived as integrations of a distinct yet unified heritage background.
Alter Ego was composed of 6 exhibitions spread across the city and one public art intervention, presenting the work of 27 artists from Portuguese-speaking countries and China.

Photos ©Kitmin Lee & ©Jose Pando Lucas

Porto, Portugal, 2018
Curated by Lara Seixo Rodrigues

Project 'Conquista o Sonho'
Promoted by FPF Portugal
Supported by Câmara Municipal do Porto & Porto Lazer
Production by Mistaker Maker
Project Manager: Duarte Cavalinhos

Photos ©Rute Ferraz

Private commission, Portugal, 2018

Inspired by the floral and naturalistic elements of Art Nouveau, this mural is a refreshing new take on the patterned artwork I’ve been exploring.
This site specific intervention blends naturally with the building’s architecture as well as with the immense beautiful flora present in this location.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Paris, France, 2017
Curated by Art in the Game Gallery

I love floor tiles and during my research for this project I discovered that Paris has a superb variety of these, ranging from the 15th century until the present. Using a simple mirror effect for the composition and colour of this mural, I translated a part of my view of history into this wall.

Photos ©Aruallan (main view) and ©Diogo Machado (details)

Lisbon, Portugal, 2017
Curated by Lara Seixo Rodrigues
Organized by Junta de Freguesia da Estrela
Ceramic partner / Revigrés
Institucional partner / Museu Nacional do Azulejo

This work completes the set of tile panels known as the Azulejo Route that extends along Infante Santo Avenue, in Lisbon, and which includes the work of renowned Portuguese artists such as Maria Keil (1959), Carlos Botelho (1959), Júlio Pomar and Alice Jorge (1959), Sá Nogueira (1959), and Eduardo Nery (1994 and 2001). The mural, entitled “Louvor da Vivacidade” (a play on words that can be read both as “praise to liveliness” and “praise to a living city”), intends to bring the azulejo as an art form into the present, maintaining its historical, cultural, architectural, and artistic characteristics while endowing it with a contemporary aesthetic and reading. For the creation of this extensive work, with some 200 square metres, I reinterpreted the azulejos that were already there, namely the historic panels in the stairways. From these panels I selected some key patterns and compositions which served as the basis for the creation of this panel that pays tribute to the other pieces. Within this controlled chaos, I created a dynamic composition with elements based on the history of the Estrela neighbourhood, a place once connected with fishermen with an intrinsic relationship with the sea. I believe that from the combination of all these elements arises the necessary strength this tribute deserves.

Teaser video here.

Full video here.

Photos ©Ana Pierce (drone) and ©Hugo Moura (details)

Stavanger, Norway, 2017
Curated by Nuart Festival

A dimensional and formal exploration of overlapped patterned repetition in a non-linear surface where two apparently familiar elements coexist in the same space. Part of the “Disruption” series, developed around the traditional Norwegian decorative rosemåling style found in the region of Rogaland.

Photos ©Ian Cox and ©Diogo Machado

Festival Iminente London, 2017
London, England
Curated by Vhils & Underdogs Gallery

During the Middle Ages, the common practice surrounding tile design in England included the representation of figurative, geometric, floral, foliage, and animal motifs, both real and mythical. In the 19th century, Britain pioneered mass-produced tiles, emphasising the importance of colour and composition over subject and artwork. This wall painted at the Old Truman Brewery in London's Brick Lane features two forgotten styles and techniques I felt the need to explore and combine here.

Photos ©José Pando Lucas [Courtesy of Underdogs Gallery]

Beja na Rua | Festival de Artes na Rua, 2017
Beja, Portugal

Photos ©Nicola Di Nunzio

Add Fuel x MGDRV
Amadora, Portugal, 2017

In the 16th century the Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões wrote “The Lusiads”, a poem in ten cantos that came to be seen as the nation's epic.
In 2017, the Portuguese hip-hop band MGDRV composed the 11th canto and I was invited to translate the track into an artwork.
This was a multifaceted project involving one song, ten azulejos, and one mural.

Watch the video here.

Photos ©Diogo Machado and ©André Madeira

Tons da Primavera | Festival de Street Art de Viseu, 2017
Viseu, Portugal
Curated by Frederico “Draw”

The city of Viseu lies in the heart of the Dão, one of the oldest wine regions established in Portugal. This mural is the result of an exploration on how two distinct quadrilateral shapes can inhabit the same space and how this experience can be occupied by a semi-human component, depicted as the romantic act of simply “holding”.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Sacramento Mural Festival, 2016
Sacramento, USA
Curated by LeBasse Projects

Although his true origins are still a matter of dispute between Portugal and Spain, João Rodrigues Cabrilho (or Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo) has long been thought of a Portuguese navigator in service of the Spanish crown. Having been the first European to have navigated along the coast of the present-day state of California, I felt a connection I had to explore in this particular mural, together with the patterned tile work.

Watch the video here.

Photos ©Roderick Cooney

Muros Tabacalera, 2016
Madrid, Spain

As neighbouring countries, Portugal and Spain have a very close relationship dating back centuries. “FLIPPED” celebrates these two very similar yet distinct cultures, each with its unique tradition of tile work. Although the use of azulejos is deeply rooted in the two cultures, even sharing a common origin, each tradition has applied and used them in different ways, including in terms of colouring. During the dynastic union between the crowns of Portugal and Spain (1580-1640), the two kingdoms shared the same monarch. This mural is my reinterpretation of the portrait of King Philip IV of Spain and III of Portugal (1605-1665) painted by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, yet flipped – a play on words attested to in the very title.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

Muraliza | Festival de Arte Mural de Cascais, 2016
Cascais, Portugal
Curated by Lara Seixo Rodrigues

Constructed in the 1960s, the Torre neighbourhood in Cascais was originally designed to house the fishermen and their families who were relocated from the town centre. In 2016, many of the original families still lived in the more than 30 buildings. Traditionally, the fishwives, known in Portugal as “varinas”, used to sell the fresh fish their husbands brought home from the sea. My work with azulejos tries to bring Portuguese traditional culture to the present, to re-think it and help preserve it. However, the varinas are, unfortunately, disappearing. Shortly after I started this mural, I was told that some forty-odd years ago a varina named Helena used to sell her fish right in front of this very wall. Happy coincidences.

Photos ©Miguel Oliveira / Mistaker Maker

WOOL on residence, 2014
Covilhã, Portugal
Curated by Lara Seixo Rodrigues

Oddments, fragments, and scraps. Together with a classically shaped interpretation of a Portuguese tile pattern, I combined here several (almost forgotten) fabric patterns typical of Covilhã and redesigned them to create this extensive mural in the city centre. A memory of the old, in the city, for the city.

Photos ©Diogo Machado (main panoramic view) and ©Pedro Seixo Rodrigues (details)

Djerbahood, 2014
Djerba, Tunisia
Curated by Galerie Itinerrance & Lara Seixo Rodrigues

The Djerbahood project transformed the village of Erriadh, on the Tunisian island of Djerba, into an open air museum with the contribution of around 150 artists from 30 countries. Being able to come into contact with Tunisia's rich cultural tradition of ceramics made working on this project one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever lived as an artist. Especially when considering that the geometric and organic elements present in Tunisian and North-African ceramics have been a major influence in Portuguese tile culture over the centuries.

Photos ©Diogo Machado

WOOL on tour, 2013
Coimbra, Portugal
Curated by WOOL

Inspired by the patchwork of old floor tiles located beside this wall, this stencil mural was part of a social action (by CMC and WOOL) organised with the objective of bringing the people of Coimbra closer to their city. Besides featuring the reinterpretation and twist I usually give to traditional tiles, this mural also contains the important message “Tem sempre encanto” (It's always charming), a play of words inspired by a renowned local fado song that describes the city as having “greater charm when it's time to say goodbye."

Full video here.

Photos ©Pedro Seixo Rodrigues

Walk&Talk Public Art Festival, 2012
Ponta Delgada, Azores
Curated by Diana Sousa & Jesse James
Ceramic partner / Revigrés

Part of the “Morphing” series, this ceramic tile mural consists of five independent modules that create an apparent sense of deconstruction throughout the entire piece. Like all of my works with azulejos, it requires a closer look as it reveals that all five modules connect with each other and create a disguised unity. This extensive wall piece is 30 metres long, with the height varying between 1.80 metres (on the left-hand end) and 0.30 metres (on the right-hand end).

Full video here.

Photos ©Rui Soares