10 firecracker questions to… Add Fuel | The street tiler

Add Fuel (Diogo Machado, 1980) is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator. Once a former graphic designer, his recent artistic practice has been focused on reinterpreting and playing with the language of traditional tile design, as well as with the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular.


Blending traditional and contemporary elements, his original vector-based designs and stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. Based on a combination of tessellations which creates balance from symmetrical repetitions and visual illusion techniques such as trompe-l’œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions creates a poetic rhythm playing with the viewer’s perception and the possibilities of interpretation.

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One big important aspect for Diogo is to contextualize his interventions, so he usually re-draws patterns and/or uses original elements from each location, city or country. The core intent of his work (in it’s most primal essence) is to, by catching the attention of passersby, make them think about what lies beneath the beauty of our cities – commonly something that has always been there, the traditional culture. He has been showcasing his work in both solo and group exhibitions since 2006, as well as participating in some of the world’s leading urban art events.

Urban equipment (electricity box in Cascais) – Muraliza ’15
Street ceramics – MTV Portugal (Wishes campaign)

Diogo accepted the challenge to name his first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
DM: Anywhere close to the sea

#2. Restaurant with guts and character
DM: O Satélite at Graça and Pizzeria Il Siciliano in Cascais

#3. If you only had 30 minutes in Cascais
DM: A walk around the historic centre of Cascais ending at Marechal Carmona Park

#4. Porn dream food
DM: Seafood platter at Azenhas do Mar

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Cascais
DM: Eat a joaninha at Paulinha restaurant in Cascais

#6. Most used expression in Portuguese
DM: Sefaxavor and Obrigado

#7. Memorable hotel
DM: Sidi Driss (Star Wars Hotel)

#8. Portugal on a plate
DM: Codfish (any of the 1001 ways that can be cooked)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
DM: Vicentine Coast

#10. Portugal is …
DM: This imperfect place I’m proud to call Home

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