The Most Beautiful Murals of 2019

December 19, 2019

Here we are at the cusp of yet another year, meaning it is time for us to list the most beautiful murals of the previous one. But this December doesn't just mark the end of 2019 - it is also the end of the decade.

So much happened for graffiti, urban and street art during these ten years, and some might even call it the movements' defining years. Muralism flourished and street art now also lives inside galleries and even museums around the world more comfortably than perhaps ever before - not to mention the art market, where artists like Banksy and KAWS are selling work for serious $$$.

As much as we'd love to list all the decade's most beautiful murals, we'll stick to those made during 2019. The choice was made by you, dear readers and Instagram followers, so make sure you are there with us in the decade to come as well, because we do exist because of you, and it is our honor to share the love of art with you. Don't forget to keep an eye for our monthly Street Update as well, where we will continue to celebrate street, graffiti and urban artists worldwide.

Without further ado, here are the most beautiful murals and street art interventions of 2019!

55. Ana Marietta, Danae Brissonnet, Waone and Brothers of Light in Fort-de France

Taking place in several locations around the world, IPAF Festival is guided by an inclusive vision that inspires collaborations with more and more people and organizations around the world, promoting culture, environmental care and preservation of public spaces through urban art festivals. This year, the festival brought together amazing international artists in Fort-de France, Martinique, including Ana Marietta, Danae Brissonnet, Waone and Brothers of Light. All of them created stunning pieces in their unique styles.

 

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54. Telmo Miel in Aalborg

A Dutch artistic duo, Telmo Miel is best known for combining spray painting styles with classic Realism, Abstraction and Surrealism. Having lots of contrasts in subjects between them, they work separately on ideas for murals and come together with the sketches. This year, the duo visited the fifth edition of the Out in the Open mural project in Aalborg, Denmark to create a piece titled Exquisite Waste Of Time. The mural examines whether our constant impatience and desire for everything to go really fast, at the end lead to something better.

 

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53. Tavar Zawacki in Buffalo

A Polish-born and Berlin-based street artist, Tavar Zawacki is known for his multi-layered stencils, colorful abstract arrow compositions and large text-based murals. While visiting Buffalo, New York, the artist created the largest piece of his career, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative, 2019. Titled Metamorphosis #5, it is composed of the vibrant pattern of vividly colored overlapping and interweaving forms, based on Zawacki’s signature artistic motif: the upward arrow.

 

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52. Seth Globepainter in Vienna

The French artist Seth Globepainter, as his moniker says, is on a mission to cover the world with his colorful street art. Wherever he goes, he incorporates local symbols and subjects, often expressing a playful and political message. The artist visited Calle Libre this year, a Vienna-based street art festival that brings together today’s contemporary forms of graffiti and other forms of street art onto curated walls throughout the city. The artist created a piece titled Gemeinschaftsbaum, depicting two children in hammocks.

 

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51. Peeta in Frankston

Manuel di Rita, better known as Peeta is known for breaking the generic typographical form of letters by stylizing them with shape and volume. The artist brought his lettering to Franksont, Australia on the occasion of The Big Picture Fest. His massive mural continues to explore the potential of sculptural lettering and anamorphism.

 

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50. Bicicleta Sem Freio in La Solana

A Brazilian design and art collective, Bicicleta Sem Freio is all about colors, pop-cultural subjects and Rock ’n’ Roll. They are known for their large-scale public artworks featuring highly expressive line work and bold color palettes. The collective visited La Solana, Spain on the occasion of iam Titanes, a festival dedicated to promoting the social integration of persons with disabilities through art. Naming their mural The Giants of La Mancha, they explained it represented the power of creativity and imagination and its indispensable role in the ability of human beings to make sense of the world and others, especially among children and people with disabilities.

 

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49. Hell'O Collective in Malagon

An artistic duo from Belgium, Hell’O Collective created a universe inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary, mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture and badass geometry. The collective visited Malagon, Spain, also to contribute to iam Titanes festival. Their mural combines abstract shapes and figurative elements in a colorful environment, reflecting an optimistic, pop, fresh touch.

 

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48. Vera Bugatti in Brescia

An Italian street artist, Vera Bugatti is known for her 3D pavement art, the performance art of creating designs on the pavement with impermanent colors as chalk or pastels. Taking part in LINK Urban Art Festival organized by True Quality in Brescia, Italy, the artist painted the piece Aut Aut depicting an old which represents grandmothers everywhere.

 


 

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47. Malakkai and Semor the Mad One in Aarhus

A Spanish contemporary artist, Malakkai is known for colorful work dominated by female figures and animals, while Semor the Mad One is an autodidact exploring writing. As guests of Aarhus Festuge in Aarhus, Denmark, artists joined forces to give life to this multilayered artwork filled with detail and graphic elements.

 

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46. Vlady in Ibiza

A guerrilla activist, Vlady invaded Ibiza with a mind teasing installation Whenever, everywhere, anyway, which first appeared in the crystal clear Cala Conta beach as part of the 9th edition of BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival in IBIZA. Depicting hopscotch on the surface of the sea, it demonstrated that the players won't stop playing no matter what the circumstances.

 

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45. Ludo in Paris

In January this year, an internationally acclaimed artist Ludo made a new mural titled Space X and made up of phosphorescent light on the streets of Paris. This piece represents the continuation of his fascination with technology and dystopian imagery - it features a genetically modified insect wearing a gas mask.

 

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44. Pegasus in London

Pegasus is well known for her celebrity murals, so it was not strange that shortly after the death of the famous German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was announced in February this year, she decided to paint him on a wall in London. By accentuating the coolness of his signature high collar and shades look with vibrant colors the artist paid a fine homage to the influential fashion image.


43. Lonesome Grass in St. Petersburg

Russian street artist Lonesome Grass made a new piece in St. Petersburg by painting a surveillance camera over the head of classical sculpture, a decorative element of the entrance of St. Petersburg’s historic Kirillov House. An actual head of the sculpture has been missing for two years before this intervention.


42. NeSpoon in Delhi

This particular mural was made in Delhi on the occasion of International Women's Day 2019 by the Polish female artist Nespoon. She was inspired by the traditional women crafts so the piece reflects both the European lace patterns and the Indian rangoli patterns. During the process, Nespoon collaborated with twenty five women from the Nizamuddin area, the medieval Islamic district in Delhi.


41. Dulk and Mantra in Jaco

This year, two famous graffiti artists Dulk and Mantra produced three exquisite murals in the city of Jacó, at Calle Madrigales & the beach road from the Farmers’ Market in Costa Rica. Each had a solo composition (Frágil and Nature Morte du Morpho), and together they made a collaborative mural titled El Coleccionista; all works reflect the beauty of the surrounding wilderness.


40. Telmo Miel in Versailles

Telmo Miel is an internationally acclaimed artist duo from the Netherlands consisting of Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann. They have been painting murals around the globe, and this year they painted one in Versailles called Martine in the forest. By exploring the historical context of Versailles and the notion of gardens, the artistic duo questions what is the purpose of nature in our cities and how do we maintain the relationship with it.


39. Okuda San Miguel in Aielli

A renowned Spanish street artist, Okuda San Miguel is best known for his Pop Surrealist sensibility released this year a mural for the third edition the festival Borgo Universo in the Italian city of Aielli. This colorful and visually challenging composition that spreads throughout the surface of a building façade consists of pulsating geometric structures mixed with organic forms aimed to stimulate the observer's imagination.

 

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38. Akut in Berlin

The following mural was made by Akut, one half of the Herakut duo, who participated in the Berlin Mural Fest, which took place during the month of September. This particular mural covered the facade of a ten-story building and features a distorted image of a man’s face.

 

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37. Julieta XLF in Grenoble

Another Spanish street artist, Julieta XLF is specialized in illustration. Since 2004, she has been focusing on mural interventions in the public space, and this adorable and cartoonish project Julieta managed to produce during the Grenoble Street Art Fest.

 

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36. BLU in Rome

Blu is an acclaimed Italian street artist and is highly ranked among the world’s leading creatives in this field. He started working in 1999 by producing shared artistic actions, then gradually shifted to experimental digital animation, collaborated with Ericailcane, and focused more on solo projects in recent years. Blu made this particular mural in Quarticciolo, a Roman suburb; it features a blinded Venus and David, reflecting the artist’s interest in exploring the themes of ostentation and narcissism.


35. INTI in Moscow

A street artist from Chile, INTI draws influence from Latin American socialist murals, citing iconographic elements, color and designs from pre-Columbian traditions. The artist visited Moscow to take part in the Artrium project. The project brought together 11 street artists to paint on the walls of the Artrium Mall with a mission to acquaint the public with current street art and inspire a creative environment for new cultural exploits.

 

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34. Francisco Bosoletti in Werchter

A young Argentinian artist, Francisco Bosoletti creates poetic and eclectic murals combining human figures and floral components. Depicting a body caught in an ephemeral way, his recent mural in Werchter, Belgium for the North West Walls festival titled Hybris is a perfect example of his distinct style.

 

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33. Telmo Miel and SMUG in Rotterdam

While Telmo Miel combines spray painting styles with classic Realism, Abstraction and Surrealism, SMUG is best known for remarkable photorealistic murals. These artists joined forces for the POW!WOW! in Rotterdam, a renown street art festival that also takes place in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. The result is an explosive and diverse wall piece.

 

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32. Fintan Magee in Barraba

One of the best known Australian artists, Fintan Magee is known for his diligence, enviable technical skills and unique approach to both street art and canvas-based pieces. The artist painted a water silo in Barraba, Australia. Titled The Water Diviner, depicts a local water diviner searching for groundwater, using a y-shaped twig or rod or two L-shaped ones.

 

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31. Pete Cto in Melbourne

Coming from Wellington, New Zealand, Pete Cto has great love for water and geometries, icosahedrons, nature, incorporating these subjects in his photorealistic pieces. The artist collaborated with Miami Hotel in Melbourne to paint a wall titled Digital Self on their front corner as the first part of the Miami Hotel’s revamp project.

 

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30. Oliver Vernon in Aalborg

A Brooklyn-based artist, Oliver Vernon creates work that draws upon an incredibly varied pool of influences, from abstract expressionism to post-pop surrealism and the polished finish of figurative realism. The artist took part in Out in the Open, a street art festival in Aalborg curated by Kirk Gallery. Located at Løkkegade 12, this multicolored mural gives a fantastic background to the cityscape.

 

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29. MadC in Copenhagen

A graffiti artist from Germany, MadC has created a personal universe of forms, colors and fonts that make sure her work is instantly recognizable. Among the artist’s latest is the mural executed in Copenhagen is a vividly colored, dynamic piece that captures the energy of painting on a massive scale.

 

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28. NeSpoon in Favara

A Polish artist, NeSpoon is on a mission to embroider the world, enriching the already diverse urban art with her own unique brand of lace art. The artist created an impressive wall in Favara, Sicily for Farm Cultural Park, a small cultural center that decided to transform the historical center of a town by dedicating it to art and culture. The pattern is based on a local lace.

 

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27. Nevercrew in Lugano

A Swiss artistic duo, Nevercrew is known for work combining a simple graphical structure with realistic and formally complex elements, arranged in different spatial levels. The duo visited Lugano, Switzerland to create a truly unique piece. Titled Celsius, the mural is made with thermochromic paint and reacts to temperature change.

 

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26. Zmogk in Odincovo

A Moscow-based graffiti artist, Zmogk creates work characterized by geometric dynamism, perfection of lines, and the richness of the colors. His favorite characters are robots. The artist created a massive breathtaking piece for the International Mural Festival in Odincovo, Russia. Executed in vibrant colors, it is titled New Life.

 

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25. Giulio Vesprini in Civitanova Marche

This particular mural titled Struttura G043 (Structure G043) was made by the renowned street artist Giulio Vesprini in his native city of Civitanova Marche in Italy. The piece was produced for a Vedo a Colori festival, a large initiative was undertaken to transform the city’s harbor in an open-air street art exhibition.


24. WD aka Wild Drawing in Sala

Following up is an outstanding mural symbolically titled Little girls with dreams become women with vision produced by an Indonesian artist WD aka Wild Drawing in the Swedish city of Sala. The piece nicely illustrates his craftsmanship the aesthetic rooted in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Fantastic Art, as well as his social commentary.

 

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23. Felipe Pantone in Madrid

In May this year, Argentine-Spanish contemporary artist Felipe Pantone made a mural titled OPTICHROMIE FNLBRD on the City Hall building of Fuenlabrada in Madrid, Spain. This visually challenging intervention underlines the domains of the artist’s aesthetic apparently influenced by Op and kinetic art.


22. Aryz in Tokyo

This captivating mural was produced by the Spanish street artist Octavi Arrizabalaga, better known as Aryz who is not only a graffiti practitioner but also a talented painter and. Although it stands as an homage to Tokyo and the Japanese this mural encapsulates Aryz’s recognizable style based on cartoonish characters, skeletons, and pastel colors.


21. Fintan Magee in Panjim

In the Indian city of Panjim, Goa, Australian street artist Fintan Magee released the work Four Men Holding a Roman Column. This impeccable mural featuring portraits of three young men who work in Panjim, at the hotel where the artist stayed while working, reflects his close observation of the local community and attention to details.


20. Rustam QBic in Derbent

The painter of social surrealism, as Russian street artist Rustam QBic is often called, made an exciting mural titled Keeper in Derbent, a city in the Republic of Dagestan. It features a female figure with her back turned as if producing a beautiful tapestry based on the local traditions in a slightly surrealistic manner typical for Rustam QBic’s aesthetic.


19. Sepe in Szczecin

A celebrated Polish street artist SEPE best known for his quasi-mannerist figures made an exceptional mural called Morza Nie Ma.../ There's no Sea... in Szczecin, Poland. The piece was curated by Fruit of the Lump for the project OD/BLOKOWANIE 2.0.


18. PichiAvo in Tel Aviv

The Spanish graffiti duo PichiAvo known for dazzling murals saturated with figurative detail and quality made a piece titled Anacreon made during Patron Of Art, a street art week in Tel Aviv. It refers to the ancient Greek poet Anacreon, whose pacifist poetry deals with passion, love, and condemnation of war.


17. Seth Globepainter in Aalborg

The celebrated street artist Seth Globepainter produced a mural called Jack in the Box for this year’s edition of a festival Out in the Open organized by the Kirk Gallery in Aalborg, Denmark since 2014. The piece features a figure of a sleepy small boy located in a box with a pencil in his hand, with a drawing of a little window on the wall.


16. Joram Roukes in Aalborg

Like the previous mural, this one was also produced for Out in the Open mural festival by the Dutch artist Joram Roukes. The sidewall of a building is covered with an outstanding surreal portrait of an eagle presented in a fragmented, yet cohesive manner.


15. Herakut in Los Angeles

A German artistic duo, Herakut merges individual approaches of the painter Hera and the graffiti artist Akut. This remarkable dualism resulted in a creative process that is sensuous, savage, dialogical and storytelling. The duo had a solo show at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, titled Of Worriers and Warriors, presenting their latest body of work. On the occasion of the show, the duo created a fantastic new mural on the exterior wall of the gallery.

 

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14. TokTok in Italy

Active since 2014, the Italian urban artist TokTok is best known for street interventions which are often ironic or thought-provoking. Finding inspiration in the existing situations, objects, environmental elements that he daily meets, the artist creates minimalistic sculptures, urban rearrangements and small interventions. Created all around Italy, these works are meant to make the passers-by think or, at least, make them smile.

 

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13. Nicola Alessandrini in Santa Croce di Magliano

A street artist from Italy, Nicola Alessandrini creates intricate murals full of sacral meanings and signs. In his work, he brings hybrid creatures to life by juxtaposing the human body with animal elements. The artist created a new wall for Antonio Giordano urban art award (Premio Antonio Giordano) in Santa Croce di Magliano, Italy. This remarkable new work represents a human body connecting two different forms of life - soil and lymphatic systems.

 

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12. SAINER and ZOER in Nantes

A Polish artist best known as being part of the Etam Crew, SAINER's solo pieces feature his distinct colorful, whimsical figures. A French artist and muralist, ZOER is known for incorporating stacks of objects and vehicles into his work, questioning the future of industrial substances. These two artists joined forces to create a new piece titled The Green Line for the international art meeting Teenage Kicks 2019 in Nantes.

 

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11. Artez in Belgrade

A renowned street artist from Serbia, Artez is famous for his style which combines photorealism with illustration. He draws his inspiration from things and people present in his daily life. The artist painted a stunning mural in his hometown of Belgrade, titled Above the Clouds. The project itself was initiated by the neighbors that live in the building, giving a wonderful example of how a small group of people can make a big impact.

 

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10. Okuda San Miguel in Yakutsk

The renowned Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel released an impressive sculpture on the embankment of Sajsary Lake in Yakutsk, capital of Yakutia, a federal republic in Russia. This four-meter high punk head forged with steel represents the artist’s vision of the primitive man.


9. Seth Globepainter in Paris

Earlier this year, Julien Malland aka Seth Globepainter known for his colorful and poetic style, painted a couple of murals in his home town of Paris within the ongoing project Street Art 13 organized by Galerie Itinerrance. One of them, Enter the Vortex, shows a boy dazzled by a colorful rainbow vortex in front of him.


8. Sepe in the Philippines

Polish artist SEPE, known for his figurative style, spent four months in the Philippines where he produced four of intriguing murals - Bago Ulit, Bwal Umihi Dito, No Future No Past, and One Day O. All of them are reflecting the artist’s interest in social issues accentuate with disfigured black and white portraits.


7. Rustam QBic in Acapulco

This particular mural titled Poem for Nobody was produced by the artist Rustam QBic for the IPAF Festival in the Mexican city of Acapulco. The contemplative composition features a school-aged boy from behind, with a backpack on his back and with an open book standing in a meadow.


6. JR in Paris

JR is a renowned street artist known as the French Banksy who released a huge collage intervention honoring the 30th anniversary of the erection of The Louvre's glass pyramid in Paris. This outstanding optical illusion of the pyramid falling into depth of the abyss was made possible by four hundred volunteers.

 

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5. Seth Globepainter in Ravine-Sèche

In April 2019, Seth Globepainter visited Ravine-Sèche, a place on the West coast of the island of Haïti, together with the legendary photographer Martha Cooper, who documented his journey. One of the works, presented here, Camsize and friend, was painted there, showing a painting of a girl and the actual girl sitting next to it. As always, Seth’s subjects are looking away from the viewer, as if trapped in a dream of their own.

The exhibition of original paintings, installations, toys and photos by Seth and Martha was then held at Fabien Castanier Gallery in Miami in May. Seth also created 5 additional paintings in Miami’s Little Haïti neighborhood during that time.


 

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4. Banksy in Venice

Is it a Banksy? An image of a stencil painted in one of Venice’s canals during the world-famous Biennale there (held between May and November 2019) had everyone wonder, but it wasn’t until the elusive artist himself confirmed the “ownership” on his official Instagram profile that we knew it was his work for sure.

As always, Banksy’s social commentary is poignant: an immigrant child is holding a pink flaming flare, drawing attention to the art-loving passersby and all of humanity. Banksy also recently reposted this image, this time with the water level rising to almost drown the immigrant girl.


3. Okuda and Bordalo II in Madrid

Mixed Chimp is the title of this beautiful animal portrait. Made on the streets of Madrid, Spain back in February for the Theriomorphism IV group show at Galeria de Arte Kreisler, it is a result of a collaboration between two colorful, successful artists, Spaniard Okuda San Miguel, and Portuguese Bordalo II.

Both colorful in different ways, Okuda and Bordalo II jointly made this mural; half made of found trash (courtesy Bordalo) and half dissolved in vibrant geometric shapes and set in a sort of a fantasy world (courtesy Okuda). If you've in the Lavapies neighborhood, make sure you visit this amazing work of street art!


2. Inti in Lyon

Here we are at the second-to-last most beautiful mural of 2019!

This enormous portrait mural is coming to you from the French city of Lyon and the local Peinture Fraiche street art festival. In May 2019, Chilean artist INTI was one of the participants, and Soleil (tagline: Blinded by the light) was one of the works he painted there.

In the artist’s traditional manner, it is a portrait of a female figure whose mind seems to be lost in a sea of roses. Their yellow hues interact beautifully with the purples of her shirt, while scissors hand from her overalls and a bird can be found in her left hand. The work is haunting yet mesmerizing, and we surely cannot wait to see what INTI has in store for us in 2020.


 

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1. Artez in Novi Sad

At the end of our yearly countdown of the year's most beautiful mural, I can say we take real pride in this particular one being at the top.

We've had the great pleasure of following the Serbian street artist Artez on several occasions this year - from Madrid, during the Urvanity Art Fair, for which he donned a mural in Fuencarral street, to when painted a wonderful wall on a building rooftop in Belgrade (using some mad climbing skills, more on that in our interview here).

For this particular mural, Artez went to the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, the European Youth Capital of 2019, to paint this wonderful portrait of a girl wearing cat ears and a cat muppet. The work is named after a famous Serbian saying "when the cat is away, the mice will play".

We hope our paths cross with Artez again in 2020!


 

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