A hundred years ago in Italy, artists roamed the land. For a coin or two, they would scratch a quick chalk portrait of the Madonna for you. These artist were thus called Madonnaris. Francois Pelletier is a modern-day Madonnari of sorts. He does incredibly accurate sidewalk reproductions of famous Renaissance paintings using layers of soft chalk. He is a full-time artist who travels and draws his income entirely from the proceeds of his work. He said: “I’m a busker and my public is my money and my inspiration. I don’t go looking further than that right now. I’m happy with what I do. I’m not selling anything, I’m not running after anyone, trying to sell a product or grab a contract. I do it and people give me just enough to travel around and pay my rent.”
David Zinn describes himself as an avid whistler, a haphazard ukulele player, a shameless word nerd, and an inveterate doodler. He is a self-taught artist who has a B.A. in Creative Writing and English Language. David has also been known to dabble in theater now and then. He has used ink, pencil, chalk, charcoal, paint (water-, acrylic, oil, and house), dyed silk, small rocks, cake frosting, and outdated computers to utilize art as a problem-solving tool. The playful and imaginitive humor found in his art is what sets it aside from other street artists. He said: “My career reflects a love of drawing, a love of words, and a keen desire to understand when to use which to make a point.”
Edina Tokodi is the founder of Mossitka, a collective of eco-minded street artists dedicated to green guerilla tactics and inspired public art. Their mossy and/or grassy installations have a habit of sprouting all over the urban landscape. These Zen-inspired installations produce a stark contrast with the steel and concrete surroundings. It forces the viewer to “explore the diversity and intricate connections between nature and the inorganic world created by man”.
Luigi Gallo was near Napoli, Italy in 1993. He studied at “Europa” Institute and got a diploma in graphic design. He’s currently into digital imaging and photo manipulation and his surreal composites have created quite a stir in the web. His subjects are mostly fantastic landscapes presented in a surrealistic. Steampunk loudspeakers, flying islands, Atlantis, and a floating ship-farm are just some of stuff you’ll see in his landscapes. He signs his work with “Gallus”.
Walls, tunnels, and mounds of trash are all fair game for Davi De Melo Santos. This Brazilian street has peppered the streets with comic murals. Far from the common perception of street art as hateful vandalism. His subjects are most often a bit monstrous in origin, yet Davi manages to portray in them in an amusing way. David turns potential eyesores into a thing of beauty. In the art circles, he is known by his initials DMS. He currently lives and works in Brazil.
Honey is a Filipino graphic artist and illustrator. Her distinguished clients include Seiko, Yamaha, Volvo, and Mercedes Benz. Her inspiration comes from life, human nature and socialization. She’s perfectly happy painting, drawing and making things all day. She finds inspiration in life, human nature, and socialization. Honey is also the founer of Sweet Station, a collaborative art blog that features a steady stream of posts about graphic design, photography, architecture, and graphic art.
Roberto Rizzo is an Italian artist best known for his rock paintings. He pick out stones with peculiar shapes from rivers and beaches. He manages to coax out the most amazing animals hidden in the stone.Seven years ago, he was using mainly watercolors in his illustrations. Rock painting led him to explore the potential of acrylic paint. Each of his rock paintings are unique and he incorporates every hole and imperfection of the rock into his painting. He said: “I always loved the plenty of shapes and objects Mother Nature gave us. This variety represents my main source of inspiration while I’m painting.”
A Matter of Taste is a collection of Fulvio Bonavia’s delectable creations. Among them are fruit and vegetable handbags, a cashew shoe, candy rings, pastry bracelet, eggplant shoes, pasta belt, rice boots, and my personal favorite: lettuce thongs. Fulvio’s innate brilliance with inventive imagery has led big names like Adidas, Sony, Montblanc, and Pirelli to hire him for their ads. He actually started out as a graphic designer and illustrator of film posters. It wasn’t until later that he delved into photography. As a photographer, he takes care of every detail including post-production. Fulvio currently lives and works in Milan.
OaKoAk is a French street artist who sees the humorous potential in the most inconsequential everyday objects. His imagination turns cracks, peeling wall paint, railings, and other random objects on the street into hilarious works of art. Her work is not only brilliant, it also brings a smile. He said: “I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realize them.”. This is one street artist I’ll definitely be watching out for.
Jonathan Latiano’s installation “Points of Contention” is an explosion of what appears to be crystalline growth from the wooden floorboards of a gallery in the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. It’s actually made from plastic, PVC pipes, and styrofoam. Its his way of calling into question the continued production of synthetic polymers, resins, and plastics versus the long-term impact on the environment. Jonathan was born and raised amongst the rural hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania graduated from the Moravian College in Bethlehem with a degree in Studio Art.