The artistic journey of Italian born artist Peeta started in the 90s when he started doing graffiti in the streets of Italy. He’s known for approaching different artistic styles and finally settled down with taking inspiration from sculpture and industrial design, with a highly original execution of the 3D painting. His quick success led him to numerous exhibitions, festivals and graffiti contests in his home country, as well as abroad. He has been amazingly welcomed all across Europe and United States and this September, alongside his fellow artist Sit (whose work we wrote about yesterday) he’ll be presenting his latest series of work for the first time in Los Angeles.
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Niels Shoe Meulman became interested in graffiti from a very early age. He began tagging under the name “Shoe” in the streets of Amsterdam and, by the time he was 18, he was already considered a graffiti legend. Throughout the 1980s, while he was staying in New York, the rising graffiti star met artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. Inspired by their work and style, he formed the graffiti crew Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they changed the face of graffiti in Europe. Nineties were all about mastering the skills and learning even more, so Meulman joined the Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke and became his apprentice. In the following years, he ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing and was partner in advertising agency Unruly, which he later turned into brand for silk scarves and a gallery. Today, the Dutch based artist is considered to be one of the true masters of graffiti, not only for his rich career but also for revolutionizing the skill.
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Over the last decade Spanish street art scene has grown to be one of the most vibrant in Europe with a large number of highly talented and extremely prolific urban artists whose artworks are at pair with those created by the most prominent artists coming from America, France and UK. What follows is our selection of ten Spanish urban artists that quickly rose to fame and gained international recognition and acclaim. Coming from different backgrounds, employing various techniques and creating wide array of artworks of many different aesthetics and styles, these ten Spanish urban artists have one thing in common: they all deserve your attention as some of the best in the world today.
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Everything might have begun with those groups of young people in New York City, but it wasn’t long before this fever covered the isles of Britain… What is more, the reception of the work that had begun in New York was different in every part of the United Kingdom. Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol and so on, have started developing distinctive styles which would shape the street art scene of Europe, as well as the rest of the world. Finally, this is not going to be just a story of times gone by and an account of what had been happening with street art, but more a discourse of where is street art going, carried by the power of artistic expression of individuals coming from the cultural space of the United Kingdom…
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The ancient village of Erriadh, situated on the Mediterranean island of Djerba, just off the coast of Tunisia, is one of the oldest settlements in the country where Muslims, Jews and Christians have lived together for centuries. This astonishingly beautiful and mystical place of blue skies and sand-washed white houses is hosting one of the most ambitious street art projects ever undertaken. Launched by the Parisian street art gallery Galerie Itinerrance and initiated by the Tunisian-French artist Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Djerbahood is a spectacular open-air street art gallery project featuring hundreds of murals painted by 150 artists coming from 30 countries, all created in accordance with the authenticity of the place and all intended to be preserved so they can be enjoyed for the years to come. Following is our selection of ten street artist and their stunning Djerbahood murals inspired by the beautiful village of Erriadh and its people.
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