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:

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Mark Paul Deren a.k.a. MADSTEEZ is a multi-faceted artist and designer. He is known for his vibrant, large-scale and multi-layered paintings.

Madsteez was born blind in his left eye and given three first names (Mark Paul Deren). He grew up on the outskirts of Washington DC where he encountered the graffiti and street art culture.

In his paintings, strange and familiar figures are integrated into abstract landscapes. As for his effusive graffiti-style posters of a grinning, bulbous head named Mr. Ween and human-animal hybrids that Mr. Deren calls Ween!mals – they are pasted onto dumpsters, stairwells and billboards in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

“I kind of have a formula, like background, portrait, there’s a format, a sequence to the way I paint which simplifies it for me so I know how to go from Point A to Point B. I don’t have three months to spend on one painting. It would take longer to take a roller of white and paint the whole wall white like you’re painting your house than to do a mural on the wall.”

– Madsteez,


~ By Madsteez ~ Photo:

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By Madsteez

Recent mural by Californian artist Madsteez depicting some vibrant snake boots located in the streets of Austin, Texas.


~ By Madsteez ~ Austin, Texas – Photo:


~ By Madsteez ~ Austin, Texas – Photo:

More info about Madsteez and his work tomorrow!

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Meet Issa Abou-Issa

Issa Abou-Issa is a painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who works in a variety of styles and mediums. Born and raised in New York City, Issa studied painting, ceramics/Sculpting in New Orleans, New York and California. The artist made the move from the “Big Apple” to the “Big Easy” in 1996 with her husband, which she now calls home.

Issa herself explains her journey and work in this video:


~ By Issa Abou-Issa ~ Photo:

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The Revolution

Ukrainean artist and former Interesni Kazki member AEC was invited by the Bloop Street Art Festival to create a new piece in Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza.

The main story of this piece is the removal of a head and applying a new one to the large pile of stones. The stone head represents the government while the pile of stones is showing the people and its country. The monkey is burning a book entitled “Origin of Species” which was written by Charles Darwin.

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10th Anniversary Exhibition in L.A.

Corey Helford Gallery is throwing their biggest event ever to mark their 10-year anniversary, when they kick off their 10th Anniversary Gala exhibition–displaying new works from over 100 of the finest American and International artists–on Saturday, August 27th from 7-11pm at 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), Los Angeles, CA 90033.

New Figurative, Neo-Classicists, Pop Surreal, Pop Iconic, Street and Graffiti, Eco-Pop and Fantasy Romanticists — they will all be represented as some of the finest and most sought-after artists help CHG celebrate this milestone with all new works, created specifically for this gala exhibition.

The galleries biggest event by far was “Art From The New World” in 2010 at the Bristol City Museum, where Banksy had held his solo the year before. The exhibition saw over 60,000 visitors in only three months and established the American New Contemporary Art movement in the UK and Europe. But the best part may have been the opening night where Dita Von Teese performed one of her famous burlesque dances in an Edwardian-era British museum. Another highlight was the D*Face exhibition, “Going Nowhere Fast,” where CHG returned the favor and brought a huge UK talent to his proper recognition here in the States. The “Cheat Death” tombstone D*Face, placed on Charlie Sheen’s Walk-of-Fame star, brought a lot of attention.

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ROA in Indonesia

Recent monochrome murals by Belgian artist ROA.

Both pieces were created for the Tropical Festival. The first one is located in the city of Sanur, where ROA created a local animal echidna. This animal sometimes known as spiny anteaters belongs to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals.
The Echidna can be found at Rumah Sanur on Jl. Danau Poso No.51A while the egg (the second piece) can be seen on Jalan Rayan Canggu No.58.


~ By ROA ~ Photo and info:


~ By ROA ~ Photo and info:

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Who Is Elian?

Elian Chali is a muralist from Argentina, Cordoba. Elian is known for his abstract style and unique graphic design. He is using vibrant colors and a rich mix of shapes and patterns.. Elian is committed to recreate the spirit of the neighborhood in his work.
Architecture, climate, social policies are only some factors that inspire Elian to create his pieces with the help of geometry and abstraction.
The main theme of his works is the city. With more than 10 collective shows and 3 solo exhibitions, his artworks can be found in many countries such as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, United States, France, England, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Dominican Republic, Russia and Uruguay.

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“Sandwich” ~ By Elian ~ Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal – Photo:

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