André Trafic is a Portuguese urban artist. Born in Lisbon in 1989, he
grew up and lived in Almada until about two years ago, when he moved to
Dortmund, Germany, in search of new adventures. From an early age he followed
in the footsteps of his father José António Silva (Ceramist), discovering years
later the power of graffiti's artistic expression. Today his language emerges
between murals, tiles and sculptures.
This contrast between the instantaneity of spray and the care and
patience intrinsic to a ceramic piece, gives him a unique versatility and sense
Each work is inspired by the dynamics of human existence, whether in
interpersonal relationships or in our relationship with nature and the space
around us. It is in this nest of constant self-exploration and experimentation
that connections between industry and nature emerge, where dialogues of harmony
blossom in an apparently chaotic world.
For this intervention
on the Vasco da Gama bridge's pillar, I was inspired by the concept of ‘Flow’
that marks urban culture. From the flow of a rapper rhyming, of a b-boy or b-girl dancing, to the flow of some graffiti lyrics, there are movements and rhythms that
create resonances and provoke feelings that are bigger than us and that are so
personal and unique that they become difficult to explain. So I tried to
interpret these abstract movements and feelings to form an image that conveys a
growing sense of togetherness, complicity and respect as a way to pay homage to
all this vibrant, diverse and bold urban culture."