Javier Perez (not to be confused with another artist of the same name) is a multi-talented artist currently based in Ecuador. He is an illustrator, graphic designer, art director, and photographer. He also does typography, branding, and awesome bits of animation. One of his most popular series in his Instagram account is an ode to the little everyday objects we take for granted. With a few strokes of his pen, he has turned a pair of pliers into a dueling cowboy, a paperclip into a tank, a penny into a full portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and a handful of nails into a porcupine. One of my favorites is a harmless stapler he turned into an alien Predator.
Charles Leval is a French street artist whose art is starting to crop up in some of the most unexpected places. Levalet, as he is known in the artistic circles, likes to use props in some of his work. The props are usually the only spots of color to be found in his art. Unlike most street artists, his work is entirely in black and white. Charles’ work is unique in the way it is cleverly incorporated into the walls and objects that they are placed on. The placement of his work is definitely not random. It takes him quite a lot of wandering around to find the perfect spot which brims with artistic potential. Measurements are taken before he heads back to his shop to create the images. The finished product is then integrated into the location using wheat paste. One of his most recent work features a guy aiming a real cue stick at a hand grenade. he calls it “Demineur”, which is the French word for minesweeper.
“The Fallen” is the brainchild of two British artists to commemorate those who fell during the WWII in the beaches of Normandy. Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss traveled all the way to the historic beach and together with hundreds of volunteers, proceeded to scratch stencils of soldiers into the sand. The initial number of volunteers was around 60, but as word got around, their numbers swelled to more than 500. The images were washed away by the tide after nearly five hours but the effort was definitely worth it. According to Jamie, ‘The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable, the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the Second World War Normandy landings.’ he added, ‘People understand that so many lives were lost that day but it’s incredibly difficult to picture that number. You could see the horrific casualty of war when you stood on the cliff looking down at the beach. Watching the tide come in and wash the bodies away was symbolic of all the lives lost in all wars, not just during the Normandy Landings.’
Natalia Rak is a street artist whose ‘territory’ covers most of her native Poland. Her work is mostly large-scare and covers entire walls of buildings. Natalia is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and has been a painter before she became a street artist. One of her most famous pieces is “The Legend of the Giants” where a gigantic young girl dressed in a colorful beribboned dress, waters what appears to be a small plant, or full-grown tree, depending on your perspective. It is the sheer scale of this project as well as Natalia’s signature soft-toned, feminist approach that makes it stand out.
Kapil Bhagat is an India-based graphic designer who designed a series of clever typographic posters for Science Day. The minimalistic posters features the names of famous scientists written in such a way that shows their respective achievement or theory. Newton’s name dropped the red apple-like O; Rontgen’s name is a bright white against a stark black background, like an x-ray; and the O-within-a-C in Copernicus’s name – all clever ways to connect each scientist with their respective achievements using only their names.
Herbert Baglione is a street artist who loves creeping people out. While visiting an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Italy, Baglione grabbed the opportunity to paint his signature shadow people on the walls and floors of the facility as part of his 1000 Shadows project. Similar silhouettes can be found the world over and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to make them come alive. Baglione is currently based in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Bela Borsodi is the photographer and conceptual designer behind the cover of VLP’s newest album “Terrain”. The album cover is an optical illusion which tricks the mind into seeing four separate divisions. The separation is nothing more than a clever arrangements of the objects. Edges were carefully lined up to delineate between the different areas of the picture. It also helps that the objects are carefully grouped according to color. Bela studied graphic design and fine art before discovering her passion for still-life photography. She is currently based in New York.
DALeast is a 29-year-old Chinese artist who currently lives and works in Capetown, South Africa. He has recently been unleashing his talent on unsuspecting walls all over Capetown. His street paintings are huge in scale and can often be hundreds of feet across. DALeast’s signature style is to make his paintings look like thousands of metal shavings. He studied Sculpture in the Fine Art Institute in his hometown of Wuhan in China but dropped out a year before graduation. He spends at least half the year just traveling and has left his mark in New York, London, Miami, and his native China.
Leonid Tishkov is a Moscow-based doctor who has spent the last ten years traveling around with his very own crescent moon. The moon is actually just a lamp he created for a contemporary art festival. He took the moon home with him and the rest, as they say, is history. What he does, he describes as a “performance of a lifetime”. Tishkov said: “The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures. And everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world.”
The Price of Being Superheroes is a colorful infographic made possible by the collaboration of Emil Lendof, Bob AlGreene and Nina Frazier. The created a hilarious mash-up of a superhero’s hypothetical expenses then and now. It looks like ordinary mortals like us aren’t the only ones affected by inflation. Dr. Bruce banner probably took one look at the price tag and hulked out. Bob AlGreene created the illustrations while Emil Lendof was responsible for the lay-out. with the overall art direction by Nina Frazier.