Tamara Alves (b. 1983) is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator, currently based in Lisbon. She has a degree in Arts (ESAD-IPL) and a Masters in Contemporary Artistic Practices (FBAUP) where her subject of research was “Public Activism in Urban Context”. She has always been interested in the kind of work which is inserted in the world, and fascinated with the aesthetics and urban context of the streets, in order to present her works of art in the street and public spaces. Tamara Alves weaves a narrative that celebrates in a raw, poetic way the primaeval vitality of strong sensations, of an animal becoming – of brute passion, as opposed to rational deliberation. Based on the idea that our instincts are what defines us, the artist invokes a universe of (female) human and animal figures in interaction with the natural landscape and objects imbued with a strong symbolic charge that invite us to embrace feelings as a wild and untamed driving force. A universe where love, always love (which is wound, pain, tears – but also pleasure, joy, ecstasy) can be the fruit of an impact – an accident, growing within us like a wildflower.