10 Street Artists You Should Know About

Street art is often considered a form of vandalism rather than what it actually is – an unconventional form of art.

Many artists lose themselves in a sea of canvases and a certain group of people ready to buy or view their art. Street artists use the entire world as their canvas and are not afraid of what others may think about their work.

This being said, here are 10 great street artists you should know about and some of their works. If you happen to live in a city where these works have been created, I invite you to go on a stroll around town and try to find as many graffiti art pieces by the named artist as you can.

1. Above

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Above chose to have his identity concealed but he uses two signature trademarks to make people aware of his work. He began spray painting his nickname – Above on trains in 1995 and that was his first signature but because the train was moving, the word was difficult to spot so he decided to make a different signature, more noticeable. This is how his signature arrow pointing “above” appeared. Above also underwent on an international tour and you can find his works in countries like England, Portugal, France, USA and more.

2. Andre Charles

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Andre Charles had the name “Zone” as his alias during the 80s but he never concealed his true identity. He began by painting graffiti on trains and walls of the Bronx but the point that made him stand out was when he started creating memorials on the walls of his neighbors and friends. After people noticed his work, he started being commissioned for it.

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Tim Conlon was the first street artist who had his work presented in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His style includes painting large murals and also working on canvas. Most of Conlon’s work can be found on the streets of Washington D.C. and in public art projects.

4. Darryl McCray

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Darryl McCray also known as Cornbread is what some may call the father of modern graffiti. He was the first one who, during the 60s, started tagging Philadelphia by painting his nickname on walls. After that, a couple of friends followed him until the art movement began spreading throughout the US and then to Europe. The Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the US and McCray helped it become what it is today.

5. Ron English

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Ron English is one of the most famous and prolific artists of our time and has art featured in books, movies and television series alongside walls and streets. The term POPaganda was assigned to his artwork and describes the high and low cultural touches present in his works. “Abraham Obama” is his most famous street artwork and it features a mix up between the portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the one of Barack Obama.

6. Mark Machado

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Mark Machado is Mr. Cartoon or simply Cartoon and he is not only a street but also a tattoo artist. He began his work when he was only 8 years old and had his first paid art job by the age of 12. Machado’s graffiti work has been used by Toyota, Nike and T-Mobile to name a few and he has tattooed the bodies of many celebrities such as 50 Cent, Beyonce, Bow Wow, Prodigy and more.

7. Agata Oleksiak

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Crocheted Olek is an artist who as the name suggests, uses crocheted patterns to beautify streets, inflatables and fiber art. Oleksiak’s most noticeable work is a room where everything (including the people) is covered in crocheting. You can find her work all around the world in countries such as the UK, Poland, the US or Germany.

8. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is the founding member of the Culture Jamming movement in New York with which he started using his signature artwork on public advertising and billboards. Since 2009, he has been managing the AvantGuard Urbano Festival, held in Northern Spain.

9. Caledonia Dance Curry

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Curry can also be found under the nickname Swoon and her art can be noticed on abandoned buildings all around the world. Curry’s street work features a vast collection of portraits and she uses a wheat paste method to set up her work. Swoon began her work as a street artist when she was studying painting at the Pratt Institute and decided that her art would be seen by everyone, not only by a group of people who can actually afford buying art.

10. Brad Downey

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Brad Downey has appeared in the street art documentary film, Public Discourse alongside other work pieces by other street artists. In 2008, Downey was almost charged with vandalism after he spray painted the windows of KaDeWe mall, green. However, he claimed he did it to fulfill a contract he had with Lacoste. Up until today, the movement is considered a publicity stunt by Lacoste.

Do you know any other street artists or street works worth mentioning?

The Best and Worst Snowman Pictures in the World

Building a snowman is surpassed only by making snow angels and swallowing ice cubes in the long list of the best things you can with frozen water.

If you are planning on making a normal sort of snowman this year perhaps you need to check out some of the best and worst snowman ever made to help you make something a bit more interesting.

The Bloody Snowmen

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What the hell is going on here? Unless I am horribly mistaken it appears as though a nasty horrible snowy chap is attacking another. What kind of twisted human being would make an awful thing like this?

The Dying Snowman 

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This poor guy is literally melting away. The good news is that my understanding is that snow chaps have immortal souls. This means that once he ends up as a muddy pool that dogs crap in his soul will float away and end up in a bunch of ice cubes or something.

The Cool Snowmen

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Someone has put a lot of work into crafting these classy snowmen, haven`t they? They have done a fantastic job and it seems almost a shame that life in a slushy pool of goo is all that awaits such works of art.

The Rabbit Family Snowmen

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I can`t work out this is the best snowman I ever saw or the worst. It appears to be a giant snowy rabbit with a family of little rabbits inside his or her open stomach. What could it all mean? Is it the end of civilization as we know it? If this monstrosity was sitting outside my house I think I would be praying for all day sunshine to wipe it out.

The Man Eating Snowman

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night all cold and clammy because of a terrible nightmare? Of course you have, because you are a bit of a wimpy scaredy cat just like me. Ah, but did that bad dream involve a semi melted snowy fellow with soul-less eyes chomping on you?

The Weight Lifting Snowman

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The last image disturbed me rather more than it should have done. In fact, it got me thinking about what would happen if a race of man eating snowmen started scouring the Earth looking for tasty humans to eat. Then I saw this photo of a weight lifting snowman and I got even more scared. Jeez, they could pulverize us all with those bulging snowy and twiggy muscles.

The Army of Snowmen

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Things just go from bad to worse. Now I will lay asleep in my bed all night with my eyes wide open, twitching and worrying about an army of muscle bound, man eating snowmen. All these years I`ve been worried about alien attacks when the snowmen are our real enemies.

The Bike Riding Snowman

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At least we are back to more normal and less threatening things now. This happy snowman just wants to get out on the road for some exercise.

The Upside Down Snowman

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This is probably the best snowman I have seen so far. He`s just chilling in the yard upside down, you know. This is a great look for a snowman and also makes me want to rush out and build one. I just need some snow now.

More Stunning Examples of 3D Street Art

3D street art, also known as anamorphic pavement art, is a technique of painting a portion of pavement, or floor, in indoors cases, in such a way that, viewed from a specific angle it offers a perspective that makes the two-dimensional painting appear as being a three-dimensional object. While the technique itself has a long history, dating from the Renaissance and is usually behind the sort of pictures that appear to “follow you around the room”, its combination with urban street art is quite recent, being developed since around the 1980s through a graffiti and stencils revolution of sorts.

It has exploded, however, in recent years and has now become a global cultural phenomenon. While one doesn’t find this art so much in a school workshop or in the pages of a book or conventional journal, but rather on a blog or a tumblr page, being, by definition, unconventional, there are numerous prints that made the news or the subject of one documentary or another.

Winter is here and it’s probably not the best time to find any amazing 3D street paintings in your nearby locations, underneath all that snow, so here are 6 more stunning examples of 3D street art worth seeing.  

1.   The Orange Raft

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One of the main draws of 3D street art has been, since its beginning, the ability to participate in the installation. It’s probably not a very good idea, when visiting a fine art museum or a gallery, to shake the hands of a statue or to lean on a painting, in an attempt to get a fun photo. But when it comes to this raft that is about to plunge into the swordfish-inhabited waters below, climbing on seems like an awesome idea.

2.   Climbing Snail

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Through their very nature, anamorphic paintings seem to either rise or plunge from the flat wall they are actually drawn on, but this New York piece by Julian Beever is taking it to a whole new level, with the paint spreading on the bench as well, offering a powerful illusion that the snail is freestanding and the presence of the shadow makes it so much more realistic.

3.   Self-portrait

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You don’t see a lot of self-portraits done in 3D street art form and for obvious reasons, but this piece by the famous Julian Beever, also placed in NYC, is an example of cool creativity that makes you wonder whether there can be a collaboration between the chalk-drawn version of Julian and flesh-and-bone one, as they seem to both be quite interested in street arts and even enjoy the same beer brand.

4.   Clear-sky Chasm

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Who says that one has to walk the streets of a Western cultural center such as London, Berlin, Seattle or Chicago to see a wonderful 3-d street art concept? You know that nightmare you sometimes have in which the pavement is suddenly giving way underneath your feet and you find yourself free-falling  from hundreds of ft high, into the unknown? Well, you’re going to have it more often after seeing this piece from China. There is some relief and beauty, however, in the fact that it’s not a dark or fiery pit that opens up under the street, but a bright blue sky, giving a surreal and optimistic view of the underworld.

5.   Bridge over 2D water

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If you ever find yourself at the mall and the floor caves, leaving a clear brook behind, make sure to find a nearby log that can be used as make-shift bridge over the newly-formed peril. This simple, yet effective piece is part of a series of 3D paintings that are going on the road in 2014 and 2015, as an alternative festival, touring not fewer than 12 malls across Germany and infusing the man-made mall environment with a  little bit of forest-chic.

6.   The Other Side of Art

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As a bonus and a way of further showing how painstakingly precise artists must be to create the incredible illusions offered by 3D street art, here is the above snail piece seen from a an angle just a few degrees off from the “perfect one”. Seeing it from across the street would mean that you probably didn’t even realise the wallpaper was a snail.

 

5 Awesome 3D Street Art Masterpieces in 2014

Although wall paintings are literally the earliest accounts in the history of visual arts in human history, as well as some of the most famous, from cave paintings to Roman mosaics to Renaissance murals and everything in between, street art is still a relatively new phenomenon and, due to its often informal and even illegal nature, a still controversial one. Despite this, even traditionally conservative art institutions have become more perceptive to the goings-on of the sort of cultural form that takes place not so much inside the walls of a museum, but on them. Artists like Banksy and graffiti scenes like the ones in Berlin, Paris, San Francisco, New York, Chicago or Los Angeles are becoming household names and are beginning to be appreciated for their worth of demystifying art by bringing it, quite literally, from the center to the streets, doing away with the once pretentious public in favour of an urban, eclectic, yet  deserving, audience.

Nonetheless, the concept of street art is taken even further, to the next level with 3D street art, a form that uses optic illusion and amazing street-painting to transform the urban environment in even the most obscure locations. Here are 5 examples of 3D street art that make the pavement come to life and which will swoon you off your feet.

1. The Lost Canals of Deventer

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A giant work commissioned by The KunstLab Deventer at the September GedempteGrachten Festival in Deventer, Netherlands, which the people at the blog www.3d-streetpainting.eu managed to craft in a way that immediately blends with the local motif of Dutch canals coming alive with an utopia consisting of quasi-Lovecraftian motifs. The opening of the gates of a watery hell filled with Ancient Ones among the café’s terrace and bike rack is a superb juxtaposition of one of 3-D street art’s main hooks, the mingling of the impossible and the mundane.

2. Hans Christian Andersen Festival

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A local pride vibe has clearly influenced every step of this awesome piece of work, painted in Odense, Denmark’s third largest city. The birthplace of legendary children’s righter Hand Christian Anderson, of The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes fame, Odense clearly made 3D street art its own, with this depiction of the life-filled underwater dwelling of the eponymous Little Mermaid. 

3. Sustain Your Excellence

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Another Dutch example, this is an indoor gallery created at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam for the EFR Business Week stand which gradually became a magnet for art amateurs. With its outer limit climbing the surrounding walls, it has as opposite end a semi-circular couch that serves best as observation point for this installation called “Sustain Your Excellence”. Within a futuristic setting that seems to drawn inspiration from both Back to the Future’s famous hoverboard and The Jetsons’ retro-futuristic ways of transportation, the Fritz Lang aesthetics of the high rises are levelled with the office floor.

4. Sunken Playground

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Using the form to bring about further debate on the fight on what man-made climate change brings about, The Swedish Green Environmental Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna) has commissioned these artists to step away from the canvas and tour this powerful fine work around Stockholm, Göteborg, and Malmö, Sweden’s largest three cities. The political, ideologically-heavy work brings the desired topic forward by confronting passers-by with the effects of global warming visible during their daily routine, and not just in a North Pole documentary or the occasional news.

5. 3D Streetpainting XL

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Just because VSK Beurs is “the most important exhibition for heating, climate control and sanitary systems in the Benelux area” it doesn’t mean it actually needs to be as boring as it promises.  And indeed, at least at this stand, it managed to avoid that and bring a bit of the NYC cool home by hosting this 3D street art, where the street is left outside in favour of M.C. Escher-influenced 2+1 levels house plan that manages to create a comfortable oasis in the middle of the expo area.

The Author Behind Banksy Art Unmasked? October 2014’s Internet Rumor

A website announced on October 20 that Banksy has been arrested. The story was later debunked by other sources, but the elaborate hoax managed to capture the Internet’s attention. It’s not the first time that such a news occurs online. A similar story created waves on the Internet in early 2013, drawing increased attention to Banksy art.

Banksy is one of the most mysterious artists of all times. His anonymity is striking because we live in a world where we are constantly under surveillance through CCTV or the use of any device with a chip, be it credit card, smartphone or computer.

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Banksy’s activities are precisely the type that the whole surveillance system seems to have been designed to stop from happening. In a way, he is a popular hero. He tells inconvenient social truths through effective metaphors. Most of his work is a fine social critique. But by doing it the way he does, Banksy breaks the law.

So why all the fuss around his arrest? It may be because it’s easy to empathize with him. In a way, we all feel that the system is rigged and the police is just another control mechanism favoring the few. If Banksy gets caught, the system will have won once again.

For a graffiti artist, Banksy has quite a lengthy career. Allegedly, the graffiti artist was born in 1974. One certain fact is that he was raised in Bristol and drew the first walls there while he was part of DryBreadZ Crew.

He rose to fame in the late 1990s, when the artist started using stencils as his primary mode of expression. Stencils have one huge advantage over other types of graffiti styles, they’re the fastest way of leaving a print, thus avoiding being caught by the police. Although graffiti partially developed into a legal form of art, its roots could not be further away from that.

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Banksy moved to London by the early 2000s and quickly gained notoriety. But although he was based in London, Banksy traveled the world to paint in various locations. That was the time when he participated at several exhibitions, including one in Sydney, Australia.

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One of the works that got him international status was the series of paintings on the Israeli West Bank Wall in 2005. Banksy harshly criticized Israel’s attitude while offering eerie images.

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Soon after, Banksy’s works turned hot as everyone wanted a Banksy. A whole industry now lives off his work, particularly auction houses. Banksy art is increasingly expensive. Balloon Girl, for example, sold for more than 30,000 pounds. Other street artists benefited from Banksy’s fame, as the anonymous street artist attracted the world’s attention to the whole genre.

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Stories of Banksy pieces being covered during renovation projects start to upset his fans and the art world in general. However, the authorities do not see his work as different from that of other graffiti artists.

More than a graffiti artist and a painter, Banksy is a film director. In 2010, he released “Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film,” a documentary portraying the life of a young aspiring street artist in Los Angeles. With the occasion of his Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature, the artist painted a couple of walls in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Loved by the art scene and hated by local authorities, who see him as the enemy of their master plans, Banksy is the street artist who managed to impress everyone. Banksy art is highly expensive at the moment. “The Banality of the Banality of Evil” was sold for $615,000 in November 2013.

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