Best Street Art you Need to See

Street art is a very popular way of art that is growing quickly all over the globe. You can find it on urban buildings, pavement and junk containers from Seattle to London and from Moscow to Sydney. Street art has turned into an international lifestyle and even art exhibits and museums are gathering the works of skilled street artists.

All forms of street art have started out very privately because it is against the law to draw public and private properties without authorization. People usually have different views about street art. Some think it is a criminal activity and others believe that it is a wonderful new way of expressing yourself.

Art professionals declare that the activity started in New York in the Infamous Sixties. Teenagers pained words and other pictures on surfaces and buildings. This vibrant, dynamic design of unusual art became known as graffiti. This form of art revealed that adolescents desired to be rebels against their community. They did not want to agree to follow formal guidelines and traveled around locations to make artwork that every person could see. In many cases, they started trouble with the cops and the municipality.

It is only lately that street art field has been considered as something more than just a subterranean creative activity. The picture of the only author has been modified from a deviant personality to someone who should be presented and marketed for his or her abilities.

With the appearance of street art collectives, an industry has started out in the marketplace for well-known paintings. Almost every evening in big cities, a gallery area or bar is presenting the performance of a street artist. From a world-famous painter to the new and future ones, it has never been simpler to advertise your abilities as a specialist.

Following in the direction of past activities, the field has expanded the idea of street art even further by using the occasion to extend attention in drawings and personal art. Designed like sports cup between competitors, every occasion puts the artists to showcase their skills right there on the street.

Even without the events to increase its reputation, street art is creating a name for itself with well-known brand organizations looking for the solutions of art collectives to help highlight their newest products. If organizations want to focus on an eye-catching perspective, the effective promotion and marketing of an item is essential.

Street art and everything associated with it, from the songs to the style of drawing, is the new cool trend. The once blamed vandals have these days a fan base the dimension of those of a pop star. Individuals in all parts of our planet have often observed campaigns integrating this form of art. Publications are fast to choose the next big artist, and often demand discussions with future art collectives or various performers. Vinyl toy developers enjoy the skills of graffiti and often generate limited-edition editions by the next big name in street art.

With pop art becoming ever more available to everyone, some individuals believe that its ultimate death is unavoidable. However, if the performers remain real to what street art is about, and then it still can flourish on a subterranean stage even when the big manufacturers are shift towards the next newest trend. Street art is really about the talent and that is how it will always be valued, no matter how well known it gets at some point.

One popular form of street art is to cut images of individuals and place them on different walls or on pathways. This way, viewers are able to enjoy this powerful and creative design. Some exhibits and galleries have already purchased some of these works of art.

Many roadsides in big cities display the talent of these street artists. The specialists can use small items of cup to make images of various space creatures. Some of them have been doing this for many years and the cops have captured them enough times. On their websites, you can see several other locations where they have designed this way of art.

The majority of street artists do these things for a reason above all. Some of them do not like performers who make tons of money in exhibits and museums. Instead, they try street art since it is much close to the regular people. Some artists want to show their political point of view in their work. They generally want to demonstrate against big companies and organizations. Others enjoy doing stuff that is not allowed and hoping that they are not caught.

Advertising firms also integrate street art in the advertisements because it offers you the perspective of youngsters and power. The New York shopping area lately used a street artist design for its shop windows and bags.

In today's global world, the online has a big impact on street art. Talented people can display their images to their viewers all over the planet. Many citizens, however, say that seeing an image on an online site is never as good as admiring it live. The street art mixes activity and lifestyle with the power and vibe of a big city. So, it will continue to change and develop itself.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so with no further ado, here are some of the best street art work that we could find for you to enjoy in front of your computer:

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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.

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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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