ROA is a rather prolific Belgian street artist who loves creating monochromatic animal forms in walls. Not content with the walls of his own country, he has since spray painted a whole menagerie in walls located all over the world. ROA’s work can be found in the United Kingdom, Austria, Portugal, the U.S., and even Canada. His works are also accompanied by narratives that highlight the impact of human enroachment on native habitats as well as the widespread apathy that humans have towards conservation. He said: “I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”
Ian Strange is the artist responsible for this buried black house set smack dab in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia. It’s actually a scaled down recreation of the artist’s suburban-style home built in the 1920s. The piece, entitled “Landed” does look a lot like it had fallen out of the sky, albeit still in one piece. They sure don’t make houses like that anymore. Ian did the sculpture/installation for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
Joey Iurato is a New Jersey-based artist who is the man responsible for various tiny wooden figures casually posing in public. A turtle-riding toddler, a couple of strumming guitar players, and a few graffiti makers caught in the act – these are but a few of Joe’s creations you might stumble upon in Manhattan. In an Interview with Brooklyn Street Art, he said: “The subjects vary, but they’re all very personal – they sort of tell the story of my life in stages. From break dancing to skateboarding to rock climbing to becoming a father, all of these things have helped define my character.” He also added: “My art is nothing more than the exploration and documentation of personal experiences. It is the questions I have, the conclusions drawn, and the love, disgust, joy, and sadness I feel. I paint what I know or what I wish to understand.”
Miguel’s Chevalier turned the whole floor of the former Sacre Coeur church into an interactive light display. ‘Magic Carpets’, as his installation is called, mimics cellular biology as the colored squares and swirls divide, multiply, merge, and mingle in time to Michel Redolfi’s music. The display was made in collaboration with Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, Voxels Productions, and Casablanca French Institut Software. One blog describes it as “an organic world combined with a digital one that perpetually replenishes itself”. Miguel is currently based in France.
Aryz is a globe trotting Spanish street artist usually found hundreds of feet off the ground, turning empty walls into works of art. Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) is regarded as one of the top street artists in the world. He began his love affair with street art when he was a teenager, spray painting graffiti on unsuspecting walls. The style and composition of his work slowly evolved over the years into what it is today. Muted, earth-toned colors and bones are recurring motifs in his work. He said: “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors. It would be too much.”
Jan Mráz is an up and coming tattoo artist whose designs are slowly becoming a sensation over the internet. He produces striking images by combining watercolor-like impressions, sharp lines, and pointillistic shading. He currently work over at Bobek Tattoo, a rather popular ink parlor in Prague. Jan’s designs have been ingrained in people’s calves, arms, hands, backs, thighs, and in many other anatomical parts than I care to mention. If you’re looking for an imaginative and colorful design with which to decorate your skin, look no further than Jan’s portfolio.
Hikaru Cho is an extremely talented Japanese painter who loves to fool people with her hyperrealistic paintings. To give you an idea of Cho’s mimicking prowess, that eggplant up there can actually be cracked to make an omelet. She has also disguised a tomato as an orange and made a very credible cucumber out of a banana. Cho has also experimented with hyperrealistic body painting with great results. Her work has already been used by several Japanese brands for their products. It’s rather hard to believe that this talented young artist is only nineteen years old.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
Style, comfort, function is the trademark of every pair of shoes designed by Kobi Levi. His shoes mimic animals, birds, and objects with humorous results. At around $800 a pair, his work is certainly pricey but definitely worth it. They come in limited editions so you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be meeting someone wearing the exact same pair. Although there are but a few people of have the rare kind of courage needed to strut around in an inflatable-doll-themed pair of heels. Lady Gaga herself wore one of Levi’s creations in her music video for “Born This Way”. Levi is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.