Public spaces in the city are more than the inserts we just pass through every day. Parks, alleys, gardens, courtyards, streets are formed by all the people of that city. Some of them make it unconscious, others are thinking about how to make public spaces not only more pleasing to the eye, but also modern, inviting to stay longer. One way to give color to an imperceptible, gray space is street art, still confused with graffiti or with vandalism. Of course, the collective opinion about this art form is formed by the mass media and the public relations campaigns of some individuals. The affected viewer identifies even high-quality wall paintings or decor with vandalism. Therefore, we invite you to meet several world-famous street artists and discover the uniqueness of this art form.
Short History of Street Art
The beginning of street art is the 70’s when colorful, stylized inscriptions were seen on the streets of the USA, but this activity received a negative public reaction and was banned. In the 1990s, street art began to gain popularity as artists, freeing their imaginations, began to create works similar to paintings. There were young artists with distinctive features.
A key feature of street art representatives that sets them apart from other artists is the choice of place to implement creative ideas. It is often well visible, with many passers-by passing through it. Choosing a place is important because artists in public spaces seek to communicate with the townspeople, so street art works should be seen as a reaction to the events of the modern world. Now street art is no longer just drawings on walls. This movement can initiate the emergence of various objects in public spaces or artistic events.
Worldwide Famous Artists
Born in Portugal, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is a street artist with impressive talent. Using certain color tones, he creates extraordinary works of art and portraits of people on the walls. The street artist creates stunningly realistic photos as if dusted. And his works are visible all over the world: in Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow, and many other cities. After making a video about Raised by Wolves, the artist slowly filmed the explosions in the Lisbon suburbs, where another of his projects about street artists was born.
French street artist Dran creates witty paintings balancing between gentle irony and black humor. By revealing his humorous, and at the same time indifferent, attitude to the pains of society, the artist conveys images that create expressive messages to the public. His critical public observation is expressed in his work. Dran, also known as a member of the Da Mental Vaporz group, became a prominent figure in French street art. Now, his works can be found in Toulouse and other French streets. With a hidden message, it provokes the observer to look differently.
SpY is a well-known artist in the city of Madrid who uses different environments to express his work. His works consist of playfulness that creates new elements in the beauty of the city. The details of SpY art are made to shake the balance of the population and make people think about certain things. His works are full of irony and a positive sense of humor that makes other to smile.