The Issue of Street Art & Graffiti – Part I

The problematic of street art and graffiti has been a heavily discussed topic over the past years. There are two general points of view on these art movements. On one side stand people that admire the various creations of street art and graffiti and who perceive it as a real artistic expression. On the other side stand people that consider it vandalism on private or public property and who are therefore against calling it “real art”. On which side do you stand?


Read the whole article to find out more about these two movements:

 I.            Definition and the difference between Graffiti and Street art
II.            Influence on society
III.            Historical background

It would be illegal ~ Banksy

“It would be illegal” ~ By Banksy ~ Photo: banksy.co.uk

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Portrait Project

Portrait by Colorado-based artist Gamma Gallery.

“The purpose of the portrait project is to shine some light on creative people who aren’t afraid to be themselves and have been putting in work in the Denver metro area. So many people have moved to Colorado in the last few years that the scene is changing quickly and it’s our intent to highlight those who have been holding it down.”
– Gamma Gallery, Fb

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~ By Gamma Gallery ~ Photo: @gamma gallery on facebook

More info about Gamma tomorrow!


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Who Is Peeta?

Manuel Di Rita aka Peeta is a talented Italian graffiti writer, painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in Venice, Italy.
He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated, over the years, in jams, festivals and art shows all around the world.
Peeta is known for is incredible 3D art and abstract shapes. Using a variety of shading, gradients and shadows, his work often appears to be hovering just off the surface on which it is painted.

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~ By Peeta ~ Photo: thisiscolossal.com

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~ By Peeta ~ Photo: peeta.net

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Peeta in Italy

Italian artist Manuel Di Rita aka Peeta just finished his latest mural on the streets of Campobasso, Italy (at Via Liguria). The piece was created for the  the Draw The Line Street Art Festival.

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~ By Peeta ~ Campobasso, Italy ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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~ By Peeta ~ Campobasso, Italy ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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Meet Aakash Nihalani

Aakash Nihalani is a New York City based artist who uses coloured tape to create his unique art. He is visually creating 3D images on two-dimensional surfaces.

“The repetition of isometric squares and rectangles becomes visually pleasing to the eye, conveying complexities such as movement and space by something so simple as the placement of a line.

"Landline" by Aakash Nihalani

~ By Aakash Nihalani ~ Photo: eyescreamsunday.com

Initially, your focus is drawn to the use of repetition and varying patterns, yet Nihalani has taken it one step further. For example, by incorporating a live model, Nihalani successfully delivers an additional element to his art, transforming the viewer’s immediate thoughts into what he intended to convey for that specific piece. Nihalani’s art is clearly meant to captivate the viewer’s attention.”*
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By Aakash Nihalani

Amazing piece by Aakash Nihalani in Los Angeles!
Nihalani is able to trick the human eye using fluorescent tape and repeating squares and rectangles in his art.

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~ By Aakash Nihalani ~ Photo: streetartbio.com

More info about Nihalani and his work tomorrow!


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By Sasha Korban

An ex-miner and a well-known Ukrainian artist Sasha Korban created a huge dual mural in Kyiv, Ukraine. Each wall has 50 metres in height (2 walls of 16-floors building).

Korban says that his mural conveys the relationship between a man and a woman, their friendship, love and simply the relations between two humans. Korban does not specify the plot deliberately: he doesn’t say what exactly is the couple doing – possibly dancing. “The viewer needs to have the opportunity to see his own script. Maybe to remember something or to dream about something”, adds the artist. 

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~ By Sasha Korban ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

Sasha Korban was born on March 12, 1987 in Kirovske of Donetsk Region, Ukraine. In 2006-2011 he worked as a miner at “Komsomolets Donbasu”. He tried street art far back in 2002, but his career as urban artist has started in 2009.  His artworks are representing characters and portraits. His pieces are characterized with different techniques and styles like photorealism, pop art, expressive conceptualism, etc.

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~ By Sasha Korban ~ Kyiv, Ukraine – Photo: Maksim Belousov

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Fintan Magee in Norway

Melbourne-based artist Fintan Magee just finished this 32 meter high mural in Stavanger, Norway. The piece was created as part of this year’s Nuart Festival.

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~ By Fintan Magee ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

“The mural depicts the portrait of what appears to be an oil worker. Stavanger is known for its rich oil driven economy, that in recent years has started to weaken.
On one hand we have the figure on the left, a meticulously depicted portrait painted against a background showing a modern and prosperous city.
The figure on the right on the other hand seems to vanish and become part of the background, and so does the landscape behind him. The pavement at their feet has been destroyed. There is no longer a stable ground to stand on.”
– StreetArtNews

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~ By Fintan Magee ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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Andiy Kalkov in Kyiv

Ukrainian street artist Andriy Kalkov has decorated Kyiv’s secondary school #314 (Knyazhiy Zaton Str., 7-a) with an abstract mural as a part of the Mural Social Club Festival.

Kalkov’s new piece is an artwork of the series called “The Cycle”. The main core of the series is a spiral pattern that is encrypted in “8-bit” and “op-art” languages. The artist says that his mural is a symbol of knowledge, development and cyclical process of the Universe.

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~ By Andriy Kalkov ~ Photo: Maksim Belousov

Andriy Kalkov was born in Lutsk, where he lives and works now. In 2012 he earned a degree in monumental painting of Lviv National Academy of Arts. Kalkov took part in many urban festivals and more than 30 collective exhibitions all over the world.

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~ By Andriy Kalkov ~ Photo: Maksim Belousov

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