The 8 Most Talented Female Street Artists

Since its inception, street art has seemed like a boy’s game. It all started back in 1970, on subway trains. Back then, everything that involved spraying, wheat-pasting, stenciling on walls or tagging was illegal, and competitive men who wanted to demonstrate their hyper-masculinity preferred to participate. The rules have changed nowadays, and street art is now accepted and promoted across the globe. This means that a lot of women have also picked up the secrets of the trade, but because the aliases are so ambiguous, you might not have known that they are actually female street artists.

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We might not yet now how many women artists are out there, but we know at least ten that we would like to share. Finally, the time has come for graffiti art to receive a feminine touch. Here are ten girls that have managed to push the boundaries of urban art.

1. Hera from HERAKUT

Number one of our list of female street artists is Hera, a member of Herakut from Germany. She has been collaborating with Akut (Falk Lehma) since 2004, and together they have perfectly blended their extremely different styles. She builds the skeleton, while Akut adds flesh and skin to portray and edgy fantasy realm.

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2. Lady Pink

Not only is she considered the best female writer of her generation, but she has also managed to prove that girls can not only do street art, but actually do it better than boys. Her colorful surreal paintings have been displayed at the Brooklyin Museum, the Met and the Whitney. Her last work was part of the Welling Court Mural Project.

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3. Maya Hayuk

To be honest, I have always been a huge fan of Maya Hayuk, but even if her name is clearly feminine, I never thought she was a woman. Her unique style is characterized by intricate models with bright colors. Her large-scale murals can be seen all over the world. The only place where they will never be displayed are galleries with less than 10% female artists.

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4. Gilf!

Do you think that you can change the world through art? Gilf! Is one of the people who believes you can. Her polar bears wear floaties, guzzles fruit punch and interesting 2D murals can be found all over the Statue of Liberty and other locations. She even painted a mural called “All I see are Naked Emperors” outside the Chelsea gallery. Her most important quality is that she manages to bring artists together to collagorate on walls.

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5. MYLA

Myla and Dabs, from DABS MYLA are a married couple of street artists that have been working together for over 12 years. Their styles are so similar that you can’t tell one from the other. Their signature style includes clear lines, interesting color palettes and a distinct cartoonish appearance. Myla is one of the most consistent female street artists at the moment.

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6. SWOON

Another example of extremely talented female street artists is Swoon. You might know her from the life-sized wheat paste prints which adorn the abandoned buildings of Brooklyn and Manhattan. All of her works reflect the social and environmental issues of the planet, and everything she creates draws its inspiration from folk and historical sources (eg. German expressionism and Indonesian Shadow puppets).

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7. CBLOXX

You probably had no idea that CBLOXX is one of the most popular female street artists in the world. Her style is so different from what we have seen before, that it would be impossible not to recognize it. CBLOXX grew up in Yorkshire, Huddersfield, is a high-school drop-out and self-taught street artist. Most of her work is surreal and depicts phantoms, voodoo characters, skeletons etc. In contrast with the city it generates a creepy atmosphere.

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8. FAITH47

Another self-taught artist from the female street artists category is Faith47. She is from Cape Town and extremely cherished for her socially engaged murals. All of her work has a lamentable mood that is impossible to miss.

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Sources: WideWalls & SocietePerrier

Street Art Highlights of the Month: 10 Street Artists to Watch in 2014

We don’t know exactly what it is that motivates street artists around the world, but it seems that this art is more prolific than any other. A while back we wrote about the Most Beautiful Street Artists an Creation of 2013, but it was time for a refresh. With every month, a new and extremely talented street artist leaves his mark on one of the biggest cities of the World, and all we can do is stare in awe. So what street artists should you be keeping an eye out for in 2014? The list is difficult to narrow down to only 10, but we will try to give to you the best artists for murals, installations, exhibitions, paint jobs, events and fairs in 2014, based on their progress in 2013. So here are the people, that we believe will be extremely successful this year. Each of them have outstanding talents.

 

1. Groundswell – New York

The Mural work on the Bowery and Houston Streets of New York are undoubtedly the most popular examples of Groundswell’s work. They were done in collaboration with street artist Swoon. The mural has put the work of a two decade old organization into the spotlight. The group usually makes collaborations with local communities and artists to promote themselves, as well as local art.

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2. Smithe – Mexico City

Smithe has collaborated with Nycho (another great artists which we will list later) to create some wickedly detailed walls in the United States. He contributed to the 200-foot wall adorning Factory Fresh and two massive walls as part of the All City Canvas’ Global Series.

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3. Nychos

Is there a top of Street artists in this world that does not contain Nychos? Nychos is well-known for his detailed dissected murals of animals. He is one of the most prolific street artists out there right now, and he creates at least 10 new murals every year, each more mind-melting than the other. Nevertheless, 2013 was for the first time that he announced two solo exhibitions in the U.S.

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4. Alexis Diaz – Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican street artists, Alex Diaz, is focused on the creation of intricate, delicate and meticulous designs. He also co-hosted the street art group show called “Friends and Family”.

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5. Sainer

If you are searching for something creative, innovative and artistically verse, than Sainer is the right muralist to choose. Sainer started his activity with the Etam Cru a few months back, but has finally decided to pursue a solo career. He contributed a Street art interpretation of the Volvo XC60 at the Volvo Art Session in Zurich.

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6. Danien Arsham

Much like Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham is also a conceptual artist who has approached art with a minimalistic, innovative and unique style. His first solo exhibit in 2014, in Baro Galeria in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was followed by another one, “Kick the Tires and Light the Fires” at the OHWOW Gallery in LA.

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7. Nanook

Nanook is the long-time best friend of Gaia, and the talented painting hand behind his murals. He has traveled far and wide, from Reno to Baltimore and Buenos Aires to help people with their murals, but recently he has decided to take the solo career. We are interested to see how his career will develop.

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8. Nose Go

Nose Go is a street artists that you are probably already familiar with because he had incredible success in 2013. He was showcased at the Californian street art fair “Beyond Eden”, and he even opened his own “Unknown Elements together with Curiot at Thinkspace” duo-exhibit. He belongs to the “sur-real” street art group of artists.

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9. Bezt

BEZT, from the Etam Cru has also created some notable murals. As a matter of fact he has made the best-ever large scale murals in the Wynwood District of Miami. We have never questioned his talent, but it is only now that he has made it on an international level and justifiably so.

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10. Curiot

Irrespective of the fact that he is working solo or as a team, Curiot is an excellent, imaginative, fabulous and outstanding artist. A while back he hosted the Unknown Creatures exposition with Nose Go at Think Space, and he also had a solo one at the FFDG Gallery in San Francisco. We love his work, and expect much from him in the future.

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