Art should be created only for stetic purposes or it should have a deeper meaning? This is a question that will probably never be answered, but in my opinion I think art should be always a way to express our feelings and ideas. Lately, many art critics have questioned if some urban interventions like Banksy, Specter, and other street artists have done and do are art or not. Most of their artworks have a message about politics, government, security, AIDS, poverty and other important issues nowadays. I found the work o Specter while looking thru graffiti blogs, what impress me is that he really knows how to shock with his art, not satisfied with doing only wheatpastes, he also create pieces with cardboards, wood and other medias. If you got interested on his work, check more pieces on his website. Bridge "Works created to occupy specific spaces which would otherwise not be used for art or other purposes" (Specter's website). Ad Project "Advertisments and logos altered to change there message and connotations." (Specter's website). ' Cardboard Project "Gates crafted with cardbord boxes then installed in specific alley ways." (Specter's website). Gentrification Billboards "Gentrification Billboards for MoCADA's exhibition The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks." (Specter's website). From Russia with Love If I Saw You in Heaven " Portraits of homeless citizens" (Specter's website).
Red Bull recently launched a very cool site called, www.streetartview.com. This site allows anyone from anywhere to use google street view as a means of "bookmarking" their favorite street art all over the globe to form one massive online collection. In time, Red Bull hopes that with your help, they can collectively create the world's largest art collection. To which I say, "Damn, sounds good to me!" (P.S. just in case you're wondering…this is not a sponsored post and I was not paid to say any of that. I just love this idea.) Featured Artists Banksy Blu Keith Harin Os Gemeos Space Invader Random View
Roa is probably one of the most notorious street artists nowadays. Illustrating buildings, walls and everything paintable with his animals in many cities around the globe. I was not a huge fan of spray paintings, I always found that this technique was mostly related to the hip hop culture, but Roa artworks shows how intense, curious and beautiful can be images done just with a spray can. However, it's not his technique that surprise me the most, but the way he inserts his images on the places and how they get a totaly new meaning. It seems that Roa don't have a official website, but he has a Flickr where you can find more of his works, have fun. PORTRAIT Enter the world of ROA from MOUARF- du PhotoGraff Collectif on Vimeo.
I've seen wheatpaste works in my city for a long time now, and I've always wondered who it was done. Today I've found some awesome pieces by street artist Nivanh Chanthara. He's got an amazing style. Wheatpaste is a liquid adhesive made from vegetable starch and water. It has been used since ancient times for various arts and crafts such as book binding, decoupage, collage, and papier-mâché. It is also made for the purpose of adhering paper posters to walls and other surfaces (often in graffiti). Closely resembling wallpaper paste, it is often made by mixing roughly equal portions of flour and water and heating it until it thickens, or by smearing cooked rice into a paste. For more of Nivanh's work, you may check out his portfolio. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)
In this Graffiti Brazil we are featuring another great street artist from Sao Paulo. Known as Nomies, he carries an awesome style composed by fat characters, white space eaters, happy, sad, mad (the reflection of the social facts). Inspired by cartoons and lowbrow art, Nomies work usually follows themes like automatism, consumption and freedom. For more from nomies visit www.flickr.com/photos/nomies Click here to check out the previews Graffiti Brazil posts
My name is Fabio and I was born in 1982, in the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'm a graffiti artist known as "CRANIO", I've been working on the streets of SP since 1998. My goal is to bring art to the whole population, with a contemporary language. To find out more about CRANIO visit his flickr gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/cranioartes/
It has been 20 years now since the fall of the Berlin Wall and therefore the city of Berlin decided to restore the paintings of the wall asking the original artists. I went out there and got really inspired by those amazing abstract paintings and to took some photos to share with you. The East Side Gallery is a special place, where art has become the expression for a unique point in time of the history of a separated Germany. It is a meeting point that talks about an old Berlin and a new Berlin, a separated and a unified Germany. Original Paintings: 1990 Restoration: 2009 | If you have the chance to visit it you should definitely do that, not just because of these images I've selected, but there are awesome things you could check out in Berlin as well. Enjoy. By the way you can make a search on Google to see the old paintings..a huge difference.
I honestly have no words to describe the mind and the skills of this artist, the work he does on the street is totally insane, I mean he actually paints the street floor making it look like something unreal, you have to check for yourself. For more visit www.metanamorph.com Edgar Muller The Master of street painting uses the street as a canvas. If one looks of the right point of view, its three-dimensional painting becomes the perfect illusion. "It gets thrilling when the observer runs into the picture." Edgar about the real intention of his work. He offers his audience a scenery, which challenges to proceed. The spectator turns into the protagonist and creative element of the scene offered him. 3D Pavement Art is one of several different designation for the new form of art and also known as 3D - " Street Painting", "Street Art", "Chalk Art" or "Sidewalk Art". Ice Age in Ireland Crevasse in Dun Laoghaire In Dun Laoghaire the "Festival of World Culture" took place from 21. to 24. of August 2008. Edgar Müller has followed the invitation and continued his series of large-sized 3D Pavement Art is one of several different designation for the new form of art and also known as 3D Pavement Art. He turned a part of the eastern Pier into the Ice Age. This project was supported by the Goethe Institution Germany as the German contribution for the Art Festival Lava Burst in Germany Lavaburst On the occasion of the 30th anniversary (9.-10 August) of the international competition of street painters in Geldern (Germany) Edgar Mueller has painted a large sized, three-dimensional picture once more. He created a scenery appearing apocalyptic which invites the observer for proceeding in the picture. Flash Flood in Canada Giant 3D Pavement Art The first of Edgar Müller's series of the large-sized street paintings was created in Moose Jaw (Canada-Saskatchewan) on the occasion of the Prairie Arts festival in summer 2007. "Turning Riverstreet into a River" is the biggest three-dimensional street painting ever done. 280 m² are covered with paint. With the help of local artists Edgar turned the street into a river which ended in an enormous waterfall. Biography Brief Biography of Edgar Müller Edgar Müller was born in Mülheim/Ruhr on 10 July 1968. He grew up in the rural city of Straelen on the western edge of Germany. His fascination with painting began in his childhood, with paintings of rural scenes of Straelen. He went to the high school in the neighboring town of Geldern, where an international competition of street painters took place. Inspired by the transitory works of art which met him on his way to school, Edgar Müller decided to enter the competition. He took part for the first time at the age of 16, going on to win the competition, aged 19, with a copy of the famous "Jesus at Emmaus " (Caravaggio). In the years that followed, he entered many other international competitions. Since 1998 Edgar Müller has held the title of 'maestro madonnari' (master street painter), born by only a few artists worldwide. The title is awarded at the world’s largest street painting festival, called The Grazie Festival, which is held in the small pilgrim town of Grazie in Italy. Around the age of 25, Müller decided to devote himself completely to street painting. He travelled all over Europe, making a living with his transitory art. He gave workshops at schools and was a co-organizer and committee member for various street painting festivals. Müller set up the first (and so far only) Internet board for street painters in Germany – a forum designed to promote solidarity between German street painters. Edgar Müller opened a studio in the street. He presents people with the great works of old masters, drawing his perfect copies at the observers’ feet. Müller invites his audience to share his fascination with the old masters art, helping them to gain an in depth understanding of the old master’s view of the world. Despite attending many courses with well-known artists and extensive studies in the field of communication design, Edgar is actually an autodidact. He is always looking for new forms through which to express himself. Inspired by three-dimensional illusion paintings (particularly by the works of Kurt Wenner and Julian Beever) he is now pursuing this new art form and creating his own style. Because of his grounding in traditional painting and modern communication, Müller uses a more simple and graphic language for his art. He paints over large areas of urban public life and gives them a new appearance, thereby challenging the perceptions of passers-by. The observer becomes a part of the new scenery offered. While going about their daily life, people change the painting's statement just by passing through the scene. Edgar Müller’s extraordinary art has been widely covered in print and digital media.