Portuguese artist Diogo Machado know as Add Fuel reinterprets the language of traditional tile design, in particular the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles). To contextualise his street pieces, Add Fuel researches traditional patterns from the region in which he is working.
During his visit last August in Sacramento, California, Add Fuel created this huge scale mural entitled the RODRIGUES/Z for Sacramento Mural Festival.
In 1542, Portuguese-born João Rodrigues Cabrilho (or Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who knows?), who may have been Portuguese, was the first European to explore the coast of the present State of California.
Add Fuel says ‘I felt a connection. Alongside the patterned “tile work”, I felt I needed to explore this personality in this specific mural’.
Have a look at the video and more images below. Make sure to head over our recent interview with AddFuel during this year’s NuArt Festival here to find out more about his work and his approach.