The month of November brought some truly astonishing street art, from Australia and Belarus, to Brazil and Cambodia. Some of the artists paid tribute to their idols and heroes, others pondered the age-old questions of existence, and some displayed their visions of the future and humanity. Judging by the votes of the Widewalls community, these 10 Instagram wall art pieces marked the month behind us. If you’d like to get in on the action and cast your vote for the next top 10 list, follow us on Instagram. So without further ado, scroll down and enjoy the cream of the crop from the month of November.
EDUARDO KOBRA – AYRTON SENNA
In preparation for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Eduardo Kobra created a mural of the Formula One legend Ayrton Senna. Inspired by the late driver’s pride in being Brazilian, Eduardo Kobra used the opportunity to portray and celebrate on of the nation’s heroes. The large-scale piece stands 41 meters tall and 17.5 meters wide. For Kobra, this was a sort of a dream-come true artwork, since Senna was someone he looked up to for his great talent, determination and resilience. Even though the artist himself is not really connected to sports, the triple world champion of Formula 1 remains as one of his idols.
TELLAS – UNDER THE CITY
Back in his hometown of Cagliari, Tellas embellished the streets with a new mural for Cagliari 2015, an event celebrating the city’s status as Capital of Culture. Done in his signature style, the mural depicts the artist’s fascination for ethereal and untouched landscapes. The delicate line-work goes into great detail to portray natural motifs through a grading of blue and green. Gazed upon from a distance, the painted landscape resembles a field of faces weaved into the reeds. According to Huffington Post, Tellas is in the list of 25 most interesting street artists in the world, and we can’t really say we disagree…
WILD WELVA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HUELVA, SPAIN
Ahh, the age-old question… What came first, the chicken or the egg? Huelva-based Spanish street artist, Wild Welva, poses this never-ending conundrum in a very obvious and straight forward way. The prolific street artist creates big hand-made drawings on paper and then transfers them onto walls. Usually, his themes focus on animals and wild life as a sort of a poetic metaphor referring to humankind. Wild Welva uses the city as a scenario for his art, always trying to connect the piece to the place where it is placed. So, what did come first? The chicken or the egg? Is there something people of Huelva know that we don’t?
BLU IN ROME
Without a lift or crane, Blu painted this astonishing piece using a rope and rappelling against the wall. The Italian artist got back to Italy after a long break, and his new mural shows a disastrous vision and evolution of the anthropocene period. The spiraling piece appears dizzying only by looking at it, just imagine having to use the rope to abseil down and get to each stage. Blu’s apocalyptic vision places the human race as the destroyers of the world, leaving no chance of a future where everything crumbles down under the weight of war, industry and overdevelopment.
ESAO ANDREWS IN PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
The American artist, Esao Andrews, found himself in Phnom Penh with David Choe, James Jean, Aryz and El Mac. While spreading some good will in Cambodia, Esao painted this fascinating bull using white and black regular house paint with some spray paint. According to the artist’s post, while doing the piece, he got shat on by a bird not once, not twice, but 3 times. But still, Esao was not discouraged to complete his stunning work.
2Alas in West Palm Beach for Canvas Festival
Andrew Antonacci and Filio Galvez, known as 2Alas, created this amazing piece for the Canvas Festival in West Palm Beach. Their personal style is characterized with an abstract approach to reworking of faces and figurative subjects. Huge tangles of intricate lines and elements merge together to form an interwoven image, which seen from afar, shows the desired picture. This beautiful piece displays faces of two kids, masterfully executed to seem like they are, indeed, a single being. The duo achieves a level of almost optical illusion with their precise placement of simple, yet detailed lines. Simple, elegant and beautiful.
Aryz in Kiev
Graffiti and street artist from Barcelona, Aryz, recently visited Kiev in Ukraine where he completed an epic mural. Even though the sunlight was minimal, making the working conditions a bit difficult alongside of the rain, cold and other hardships, Aryz pulled off another spectacular piece of work. The large rendition of a man was painted in his signature illustrative style, embellishing the local neighborhood in the streets of Kiev. The project was a bit challenging for the artist, but nonetheless interesting and worthy experience.
Guido Van Helten in Minsk
Created for the Urban Myths project, this fantastic large-scale mural was made by Guido Van Helten. Academy of the Belarusian state University of Culture in Minsk just got adorned with Van Helten’s amazing artwork. The Icelandic artist likes to create his work in different countries, as he considers his work to be a gift to the citizens. This particular gift features a girl in a modern dress combined with traditional, national costume. The contemporary street artist stated that he attempted to capture what is happening now with the Belarusians, meaning that they are ready to declare their national uniqueness, proud of it, but do not do it openly. So, maybe this wonderful piece of street art will push them in that direction a bit more.
Adnate in Australia
Melbourne-born street artist Adnate started creating his art when he was a teenager. Having contributed greatly to his local scene with a myriad of graffiti and murals, he went on to embellish the streets of cities around the world. His portraits are heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of the renaissance painters, and he has certainly come a long way from making graffiti to creating art that could compete with the establishment of contemporary portraiture. This stunning piece was captured as a work in progress, and it already showed the amazing level of effort and skill invested in it. Portraits of Adnate really do seem to have some soul hidden behind the intricately drawn eyes.
Suso33 in Bilbao
The multi-disciplinary artist Suso33 is always reinventing himself. From the graffiti scene, to painting and performance arts, the Barcelona-based creator is one of the Spain’s most established live-painters. His work aims to escape labeling such as graffiti, street art, murals etc. Suso33 prefers to keep his art focused on the communication of an idea, rather on the form or visual style used for a particular piece. His recent piece made in Bilbao only goes to prove that. The shadow people moving in a procession through an endless, empty wasteland, are bordering on the surreal and supernatural. The Spanish artist often uses these recurring motifs to convey hidden messages in the formation of his figures.