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


VESTIGIO 05 screen print will be released on December 6 via Station 16 Gallery online shop.

VESTIGIO 05, 2019
Edition of /50
Four-colour hand pulled screen print on Cranes Lettra 100% cotton 300 g/m2 paper
Signed and numbered
66 × 51 cm (26 × 20 inches)

Print Release / HALF BREACH
HALF BREACH screen print will be released on April 12 in the opening of my solo show DEUXIÈME DÉSINTÉGRATION at Galerie Itinerrance.
Available exclusively at the gallery. Limit of one purchase per person.

For press, sale enquires and show catalogue please contact the gallery via email.

Edition of /50 + 10 AP
Three-colour screen print and laser engraving on paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
Keaykolour Pure White 300 g/m2 paper
50 × 50 cm

Solo show at Galerie Itinerrance
April 12 – June 8, 2019

Galerie Itinerrance presents "Deuxième Désintégration", a solo exhibition by Portuguese artist Add Fuel (Diogo Machado b.1980).

Based on the practice of articulation and reinterpretation that has characterized his artistic activity, ADD FUEL presents in “Deuxième Désintégration” a new exploration of “Désintégation”, a thematic first developed for his first project in Paris, with Galerie Itinerrance in the Tour Paris 13 (2013).
Based on the decontextualization of traditional motifs, this new body of work enhances the artists desire to bring forward his cultural roots, giving them a new life, playing with the audience’s sense of sight and expectation, whilst disintegrating the square tile element into several new shapes and compositions.

“Deuxième Désintégration” was built with a set of visual references, patterns drawn from the artist’s mind to hand in an intuitive process, with no limitations on visual thematic or specific influences other than the immediate ones on his mind.
This universe of seemingly irreconcilable referents that reveal the author’s personality is here materialized in a body of work that combines pieces of a different nature; large and small-scale compositions that express a sophisticated dialogue between techniques and motifs both traditional and contemporary in origin, a showcase of items where the game of contrapositions and replications that typifies ADD FUEL’s original language – one based on crossing artisanal methods, such as ceramic tiles or pottery, with industrial and digital processes of production.

“Twisted tradition and cultural heritage with a twist” are the key words and it’s ADD FUEL’s intent to enhance these ideologies. “We, as a collective set of people, must remember where we come from, we can look into the past, to our father’s fathers, learn, reshape, look into the future, and evolve”.

The vernissage will be held on April 12th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at Galerie Itinerrance with the artist in attendance and the exhibition will run until June 8th, 2019.

  • Free admission

  • Galerie Itinerrance
    24bis Boulevard du Général d'Armée Jean Simon
    75013 Paris, France

  • Press and sales enquiries:

Announcement video here

Add Fuel / Anthem
I recently collaborated with Electronic Arts and Atrevia in a unique ceramic piece for the videogame "Anthem".

Read the article on here.

Read the article on here.

More images in Collaborations.

Interview at MURAL festival BLOG
"As you know, the title of the show is 'XVII – XXI', so I’m exploring the relation between the 17th and 21st century, the relation between the old and the new. It’s a semi digital and traditional process. Nowadays, we have a sort dependence to technology, connectivity and social media, so I’m also exploring that issue in my artwork, as it is for me a big part of what defines the 21st century. I’m working an old medium, with traditional techniques, while incorporating elements from very modern situations. It makes for a very interesting contrast."

Thank you Andre and Sarah!

Redefining Traditions / Read the full interview here.

Add Fuel
Solo show at Station 16 Gallery
August 9th – September 1st 2018

Station 16 Gallery presents XVII-XXI, a solo exhibition by Portuguese artist Add Fuel (Diogo Machado b.1980).

Add Fuel has been developing a contemporary approach to the aesthetic language of patterned tiles and related figurative elements from Portuguese culture for almost a decade, in walls and in ceramic panels. Combining a visual universe populated by a cast of eccentric creatures inspired from video games, comics, animation, sci-fi, low-budget B films, designer toys, and urban visual culture with traditional tile design, specifically that of the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo, Add Fuel has created his own distinct style that has captivated audiences worldwide.

XVII-XXI explores the connections between the old techniques of ceramic painting and elements of our increasingly technological and mediacentric society. The exhibition will include hand painted ceramic panels, with materials and pigments reproduced from the 17th century as well as new techniques that the artist has been exploring in his ceramic work.

The vernissage will be held on August 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Station 16 Gallery with the artist in attendance and the exhibition will run until September 1st, 2018.

  • Gallery opening hours:
  • Monday / 9am - 5pm
    Tuesday - Friday / 9am - 7pm
    Saturday / 12pm - 5pm
    Sunday / Closed / Appointment only

  • Free admission

  • Station 16 Gallery
  • 3523 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • Press and sales enquiries:

Alter Ego / Macau

Alter Ego, Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.
Alter Ego will open in Macao on the 9th of July 2018. Alter Ego is composed of 6 exhibitions spread across the city and one urban intervention, presenting the work of 27 artists from Portuguese-speaking countries and China.

Curated by Vhils And Pauline Foessel.
Organized by Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government.
Support: Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao S.A.R. Government.
Special Partner: MGM Cotai

More information here.

Collective Show / Decked Out / Nuart Gallery
From Nuart Gallery /
"We are excited to announce our new show "Decked Out" an exhibition of art on skate decks.
Feat: Add Fuel, Carrie Reichardt, Ella & Pitr, Ernest Zacharevic, Hama Woods, Jeffrey Gillette, John Fekner & Don Leicht, JPS, Outings Project, Kennard Phillipps, MaisMenos, Martin Whatson, Mobstr, John Nipper, Snik, Tilt & more!

I will present my piece "Lineage" (preview below).

For more information please contact


Vernissage: ‪June 14th, 19:00‬.
Exhibition dates: ‪15.06 - 08.07‬
Special partnership with Nuart Festival & Stavanger SkateKlubb


Salvågergata 10
4006 Stavanger

In Studio with Add Fuel / Urban Nation

Lisbon Part II: Where Street Art is Becoming “Urban Contemporary”

A trained graphic designer and illustrator well versed in the language of skating and his own youth as a graffiti writer, he’s become known internationally for his characters and his large-scale stencil-painted murals that incorporate the classic and traditional visual patterning of Portuguese tile work, or Azulejo.
On an overcast day his buddy and slightly younger peer, the sculptural Street Artist who works with recycled trash, Bordalo II, offers to take us to Cascais, a coastal town 30 kilometers west of Lisbon, where Add Fuel lives and has his studio.

The brightly lit and spotless split level studio has a public viewing room in the front and his office/studio in the back, where a firing kiln that Bordalo II likes to experiment with sits in the corner. The two of them assemble a number of materials together and load them into the kiln while we gaze at the primarily blue and white artworks of symmetrical repetitions interspersed with Pop and cartoon elements that he is better known for in galleries.
While we visit the two of them break off into rapid-fire Portuguese conversations about some collaborative projects they are working on – and we learn that Add Fuel often gives his rejected tiles and discards to the recycling Bordalo II. “For me there are no mistakes,” says Bordalo II, “I love mistakes.”

Big thanks you to Jaime and Steve from Brooklyn Street Art and Bordalo for the visit.

Read the full article here.

□1 Book / Brooklyn Street Art Review

"Street Artist Add Fuel is exporting azulejo to the rest of the world. Slightly differently than they did in previous centuries.

Via his own pop-culture interpretation of the interlocking curvilinear, geometric and graphic motifs, the Portuguese artist is firing new pieces daily in the kiln of his studio in Cascais. For a decade or so his interpretations of the tin-glazed ceramic tilework have been appearing on inordinate secondary city skins in the paths of pedestrians: visual illusions meant to appear as layers of urban bark peeling back from surfaces you take for granted to reveal heritage, history, artisanship.

While the interiors and exteriors of churches, palaces, schools and subway stations are covered with azulejos in Lisbon, thanks to Add Fuel (Diogo Machado) they have traveled to other cities and cultures as well. Each time he is attracted to the tilemaking traditions locally, and he often incorporates his study of these new histories as well."

Read the full "Square One" book review here.

"Square One" available via Add Fuel Website Shop.

Photos ©Jaime Rojo / BSA

□1 Book / Underdogs Art Store

"Underdogs Art Store is please to announce that from Friday, 6 April, we'll be selling the book “□1”, by Portuguese artist Add Fuel."

“□1” (Square One), the first book on Diogo Machado aka Add Fuel's work, launched by the artist last March, features throughout its 240 pages a fine selection of unique artworks, artist editions and mural pieces – a comprehensive approach to an original oeuvre which has been greatly characterized by the effort in rethinking and reworking the aesthetics of Portuguese tile work in a markedly contemporary format.

Signing session with the artist:
Friday, 6 April
5pm – 7pm

Underdogs Art Store
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa
Armazém A, porta 20
Cais do Sodré, Lisboa

Collective Show / Tanto Mar / MUDE Museum
From MUDE Museum /
"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

Print Release / Squared / Now Available
Squared, 2018
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...

Available at 1XRUN.

□1 / Book Launch

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.

Book launch:
Saturday, 3 March 2018, 6pm – 9pm

Free admission

Diogo Machado Studio
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Av. D. Carlos I, 2750-310 Cascais

Ceramic Edition Release / Now Available
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.

Available at Nuart Gallery.

Add Fuel / Need for Speed Payback
I recently collaborated with Electronic Arts and Atrevia in a mural for the videogame "Need for Speed Payback".
As an avid gamer this was a really interesting experience for me and an amazing feeling to have my work on display in the virtual world of Fortune Valley.

Read the article on here.

Read the article on here.

Read the article on here.

More images in Collaborations.

Wired UK / Add Fuel
"Add Fuel: tiles and tiling 2.0 with artist Diogo Machado.
Tiles are considered a fairly everyday item to some but in this case urban design culture has been the catalyst for a modern spin on an ancient craft.
Hailing from Portugal ceramic and stencil artist Diogo Machado a.k.a Add Fuel is making waves in the urban art world with this seemingly humble medium.
Decorative ceramic tiles or Azulejos as they are traditionally named, form the identitary art of Portugese culture with roots dating back to the 16th Century. Known for his contemporary approach to the historical art form Add Fuel was invited to produce an urban installation, the result: Louvor Da Vivacidade (translated roughly as Living City), was recently unveiled on the historic Avenida Infante Santo in Lisbon’s Estrela district."

Thank you Nadine for this beautiful article.

Read the full article here.

It is with great excitement and joy that I'm happy to announce the official reveal of "LOUVOR DA VIVACIDADE" ceramic tile mural.
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.

Interview at GraffitiStreet
"Add Fuel’s art cleverly reinterprets the language of the Portuguese ‘Azulejo‘ ceramic tile. His vector-based designs and stencil-based street art interventions offer a fresh urban twist to the traditional tile design. Look a little closer and they reveal a graffiti cartoon style illustration, impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail."

Thank you Donna!

Read the full interview here.

Tales from the Tiles / Juxtapoz Magazine
"During these globalized yet strongly divided times in which we live, it is necessary to be reminded of the traditions that can bring us together, as well as those that tear us apart. Blinded by modernization, progress and everything that comes along with it, one tends to forget the beauty and importance of heritage. Whether we're talking about small neighborhood communities or entire cultures, these specific traditions are too often trounced by mass, fleeting trends.

Exactly one decade ago, Diogo Machado, AKA Add Fuel, took it upon himself to point out just how quickly and easily cultures can get buried underneath these new rituals and iconography. Taking his native Portuguese culture as an endless source of inspiration, namely the well-known Azulejo tiles, he adapted the rich but pre-existing concepts and embedded them into universally understandable, symbolic language. Firmly attached to his roots, he modifies and embellishes, celebrating the beauty of multiculturalism and all the elements it has spawned; a precious concept much needed in the current climate."

Big thanks to Sasha Bogojev for the interview, Hugo Moura for the portrait and to Evan Pricco for the invite.

Read the full interview here.

Add Fuel / Dressed to Match
"So many murals / pieces of art to match, so little time! It only took me four months to do two matches with two of several new murals that were recently painted in August as a part of The Sacramento Mural Festival. As you might recall, the first one was a total bust (seen here) so I was really excited to make this one happen!

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.

Read the full article here

Interview at Instagrafite / nuart 2016
"The Portuguese artist Add Fuel reinterprets the language of traditional tile design, in particular the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles).

His technique of revealing and obscuring surfaces beneath or on top of existing structures and walls creates a unique optical illusion effect. From a distance his vector-based or stencil works appear to be recreating traditional motifs but are in fact brimming with pop and contemporary art references. On closer inspection it’s possible to discover a hidden world filled with humour and rendered with a masterful attention to detail. At the core of his practice is this desire to encourage the viewer to think about the history and heritage that lies beneath the facades and pavements of our cities."

Thank you Julie!

Read the full interview here.

Interview at Amsterdam Street Art
"Add Fuel (Diogo Machado, 1980) has been building a solid reputation as a visual artist and illustrator in recent years. Having first created a unique visual universe populated by sci-fi inspired, fun-loving creatures, this Portuguese artist has recently redirected his attention to reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles) in particular. Filled with humor and mental games, his vector-based designs or stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail."

Read the full interview here.