The art world has been a boys’ club for centuries, but you can expect an art form that opposes all previous conventions to not follow that either. Swoon is an amazing street artist that has become globally known for her stunning cut-out wheat pastes.
Another female representative breaking the conventions established even by graffiti itself, Hayuk works in geometric abstractions reminiscent of Vasarely and Op Art. She hybridizes a fine art sensibility with a very distinctly street art aesthetic with a very effective result.
This duo of artists are brothers from Iran and after tagging it from Tehran, they have taken it upon themselves to decorate the r(w)est of the world. The work speaks about war, peace, community and rebellion.
Although graffiti is usually a polemic form of art, a form of protest art if you will, Hanksy has made it absurd and parodical, taking images of world renowned street artist Banksy and adding Tom Hanks’ face to them. He strives more to elicit a smile than a troubled reaction from the viewer, all the while parodying the art form’s biggest representative.
Another brother duo that was raised in the motherland of graffiti, Skewville’s work reflects their urban upbringing. Their shoe cut-outs dangle silhouetted against the urban environment, creating an absurd take on the urban neighborhood tradition of lacing shoes together and hanging them off of power lines, embodying childhood mischief and the mischievous nature of street art.
The Mexican artist borrows heavily from his native culture and history but injects it with enough contemporary visuals to create relative and highly engaging work. His creatures are both hypnotizing and discerning all at once.
Alexandros Vasmoulakis is a street artist who lives and works in Athens, Greece but has managed to exhibit and work around the world. His vibrant murals can be seen all over Athens and other locations around the globe.
Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon creates what she calls ‘urban jewelry’ which beautifies otherwise unadorned and unattractive urban spaces. She crochets, spray paints, and even uses ceramics for her projects.
The Spaniard Borondo is an anomaly in the street art world; he takes a seemingly stripped-down classical approach to his large scale murals, sometimes so delicately they seem rendered in charcoal.
Joe Iurato puts a novel spin on the street art paradigm. Instead of creating his work on a wall, he prefers to make three dimensional cutouts that he leaves in specific locations. This creates a different interaction with the viewer and ultimately makes the huge graffiti experience a much smaller and intimate one.
With ambiguous beginnings in rebellious subcultures, graffiti art has evolved into a noteworthy art movement of our era. Birthed of anti-establishment ideologies, it has come to embody a form of art that is, in its fundamental form, anti-establishment. It’s free for all to see, not locked away in private collections, and unattainable and not for sale, spitting in the face of the commodification of art. Here are ten noteworthy representatives of this relatively young art form.
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