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The canvas Walls….Street art from across the globe

One thing that always fascinates me is Street art; there is something very underground, very mystic, something special about it. Whenever I see art on a wall it makes me want grab a can of paint and fizz around the street bringing those walls to life. A drab rotting wall suddenly becomes a work of art when an artist works on it with his cans and stencils. It is an art form that started as a rebellious expression of teenage creativity and over the years has become an established art form with the wall as the canvas.

As a child I used to associate street art and graffiti with the 70’s and the 80’s but later realized it is much more ancient. In

fact it is the most ancient form of art and expression. The cave paintings and murals of yesteryear’s arethe earliest form of street art. The earliest forms of graffiti date back to 30,000 BCE in the form of prehistoric cave paintings and pictographs,using tools such as animal bones and pigments. These illustrations were often placed in ceremonial and sacred locations inside of the caves. The images drawn on the walls showed scenes of animal wildlife and hunting expeditions in most cases,few of them were satirical, some political even philosophical in some cases but all of them were a form of expression and the need to let go.

While for some graffiti is seen a criminal act of vandalism I personally see it as an art form worth of display in an art gallery. While I wish I would one day be able to do a proper catalogue photographing the actual walls, it is a project that is going to wait for a while So I wanted to do a small gallery of some of the more radical artists and their work that I can pull of the net. When I started to write this I wanted to collect some fine pieces of street art on the net and then post it as a collection of street art, but as I researched I realized that there is so much on the net that I would need a 10 volume catalog just to pick the art that I liked, so some I decided to write about 5 artists that I really fancied after see all the art on the net. I picked some of their iconic works and made collages so as to make a mood board of their works to get the general idea of what their work is like. If you like anyone in particular Google them and you will be amazed at what they have been doing over the years.

Bansky – UK

Bansky is the epitome of street art; he is everything one would visualize as a street art artist. He is multi-talented, uses different mediums and takes different roles. He is a Graffiti artist, movie director, painter, activist and the list goes on. Anonymously out of England his style of work is easily identifiable can be seen across the world. A Satirical street art or subversive epigram combined with irreverent dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique is his trademark.



“Above” anonymous contemporary street artist from California, whose work is visible across the world. It is said he moved to Paris when he was 19 and where his trademark arrows appeared for the first time. He is a prolific traveller and has tagged more than 90 cities in 50 different countries across the world. His work is identifiable from his distinctive style of multi-layer/full color social and political stencils, spinning wooden “arrow mobile” installations, and large mural “word play” paintings. An upward arrow is his distinctive signature.


Vhilis – Portugal

VHILS is the tag name of Portuguese graffiti/street artist Alexandre Farto (born in 1987) He gained prominence when his work of a face carved into a wall appeared alongside a picture by Bansky at the Cans Festivalin London in 2008. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of THE TIMES. Vhils art is poetic, complex, and ambitious, often focusing on the needs we have abandoned in favor of our wants, and the realization that trading pleasure back in for happiness will be a less than straightforward exchange.

This is how creates these images, a truly fascinating…


Nunca – Brazil

Brazilian street artist Nunca addresses the effect of globalization on a society caught between exporting its culture and embracing foreign products. Blunt expressions are engraved into the walls of Brazil, doused in paint and branded with the logo of Naique (NIKE). His characters are frozen in a struggle to maintain the authentic culture of Brazil while adapting to an influx of foreign goods on the global market.

I found an interesting short documentary on him produced by Nike…


Shepard Fairey – USA

From humble beginnings as a defiant, skateboard-obsessed art student pasting homemade stickers, Shepard Fairey has developed into one of the most influential street artists of our time. Fairey’s multi-layered renderings of counter-cultural revolutionaries and rap, punk and rock stars, as well as updated and re-imagined propaganda-style posters, carry his signature graphic style, marked by his frequent use of black, white, and red. Recently, his portrait of Barack Obama, a ubiquitous sight on the campaign trail, drew a new level of attention to the artist’s work and was recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, for its collection.

The street art is a sub culture in itself. People love it and appreciate it (i guess when it not their newly painted wall). The five artists above are not in any order but they definitely are the one that i liked.  I list below some of the other artists who are absolutly fantastic but i did not have time to work on their work. check them out for sure!

1. Os Gemeos : www.osgemeos.com.br
Base Country: Brazil
Type of work: Murals

2. Boxi : www.boxi.eu.com
Base Country: UK/ Germany
Type of work: Stencils

3. M-City : www.mcity.org
Base Country: Poland
Type of work: Stencils

4. C215 : www.flickr.com/photos/c215
Base Country: France
Type of work: Stencils

5. Zoo Project : www.flickr.com/groups/zooproject/
Base Country: France
Type of work: Murals


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