Personalities That Make Lisbon Unique

All cities are a set of many things: landscapes, streets, shops, monuments, among many others. But have you imagined how cities would be without their people? Who’s going to build it? Who makes it so unique? In this category we will give protagonism to personalities that contribute to the singularity of this city.

Personalities That Make Lisbon Unique

Throughout the ages, there are remarkable men and women who stand out by their works, and social groups that mark an era, for their peculiarities.

All different in their activity, in their expression, but they all have a common element, the city of Lisbon. Whether it’s because they were born in it, or because they developed their work here, or because the city is the privileged theme of their art.

Their legacies left us writings, poetry, paintings, songs, victories, experiences or even prayers. With these personalities we identify ourselves as a people, with them we take the name of Lisbon beyond borders.

From them, the identity of the people of Lisbon is built and with them, Lisbon is taken beyond frontiers.

Therefore, whether they are from Lisbon or not, they are personalities who, in one way or another, have let themselves be involved by this magical city and deserve to be highlighted.

March 31, 2021 getLISBON

Today we bring you the urban artist SMILE, one of the most important Portuguese names in this art form. We had the privilege of getting to know Ivo Santos in a fun conversation where he talked about himself, his work and inspiration. In addition to sharing his journey, we’ll also highlight some of his works in Lisbon and in two neighbouring councils, Odivelas and Setúbal. SMILE, from a Promising Young Boy to a Renowned Artist

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The Urban Artist SMILE 1

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 2

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 3

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 4

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 5

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 6

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

The Urban Artist SMILE 7

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

Image courtesy by the artist SMILE

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Ivo Santos, adopted the artist name SMILE at a very young age. It was inspired by a graffiti sticker, which was distributed with…

January 20, 2021 getLISBON

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November 25, 2020 getLISBON

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October 28, 2020 getLISBON

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June 10, 2020 getLISBON

The sculptor Costa Motta (Tio) isn’t one of the most well-known out there. But did you know that many of the emblematic monuments of Lisbon were his work?His first art pieces were the tombs of the explorer Vasco da Gama (1469-1524) and of the poet Luís de Camões (1524-1580), dated from 1894.You can find them side by side on the rood screen of the church of Jerónimos Monastery and they both have the same typology and neo-manueline aesthetic. Because they belong to very prominent personalities of the history of Portugal and due to their location, these tombs are famous tourist…