Once again, we go around the world to check out the best pieces international street artists created this month. It seems that not even the global pandemic can slow the production of amazing street art. Here are the best pieces out there; in the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram to always stay up to date.
A talented Croatian street artist, Lonac is best known for his striking photo-realistic murals usually influenced by skateboard culture, comics, graffiti, movies, music, but also current social issues. The artist recently painted a large-scale piece in his native Zagreb, titled Polupani Loncici (Broken Pots). The title of the piece refers to a childhood game of hide and seek. During the game, if anyone saw someone cheating in any way, they would yell "polupani lončići!" and it would symbolize the end of the unfair or crooked game as well as a new start for a fair and just game.
One of the finest French multidisciplinary artists working today, Nelio moves from conceptual to expressionistic, from construction to destruction, establishing bridges between these vastly different processes. The artist recently participated in a project curated by Olivier Landes for Art en ville. This massive abstract piece covers a whole side of a building, engaging in a dialogue with architecture and its surroundings.
One of the most controversial members of the famed Young British Artists, Marc Quinn is a sculptor known for a very provocative body of work. The artist recently created a temporary, public installation in Bristol, titled A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020. This life-sized sculpture is based on an image the artist saw on Instagram of a local resident Jen Reid, Reid was standing on the vacant plinth where the monument of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston used to be, with her fist raised in a Black Power salute, following a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020.
A muralist and painter based in Barcelona, Elisa Capdevila has been actively working at urban art festivals and developing large murals both nationally and internationally. The artist took part in The Crystal Ship 2020, an urban festival in Ostend, Belgium. Working in collaboration with a fellow artist Alba, she painted a gigantic sleeping baby on the wall of Bluebridge, an incubator that stimulates businesses in the blue economy.
A Hamburg-based contemporary artist, 1010 is widely celebrated for his obscure street pieces underlined by amazing effects of optical illusion. The artist recently visited Atlanta to create a new piece for Living Walls, a nonprofit that creates intentional, thought provoking public art to inspire social change and activate public spaces. This massive piece titled Paradigm Shift is executed on a rooftopseems like a portal to other worlds.
A Chilean urban artist, INTI draws inspiration from Latin American socialist murals and graffiti art, often citing and exploiting iconographic elements, color and designs from pre-Columbian traditions, which he combines with the graphic aesthetics of graffiti. Taking part in the Grenoble Street Art Fest, the artist painted a large-scale piece titled A Pale Blue Dot. The piece is accompanied by a quote by Carl Sagan:
...Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
A Portuguese artist, Add Fuel is fascinated with the aesthetic possibilities of symmetrical patterning and tessellations, reinterpreting the language of the traditional tile design, in particular, the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo. Taking part in the FALU — Urban Art Festival in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, the artist created a piece that is both an honor and a tribute, inspired by Bordallo Pinheiro, the richness of natural elements represented in his collections and the genius shapes of his objects.
A Ukranian-born artist, Isakov creates works that reside on a spectrum connecting architecture and ornamentation. His personal style is defined by delicate patterns, architectural shapes and colorful accents. The artist created a new piece titled Blind Wall commissioned by Blind Walls Gallery. Working in the Dutch city of Breda, the artist created a piece inspired by the church that was built nearby in 1888 and demolished in the sixties. Now, over fifty years later, the church can be admired once again, close to where the spire came down in 1967.
An Italian street artist, Millo is best known for his predominantly black and white large-scale murals, characterized by child-like figures, simple monochromatic lines combined with a dash of color, and elements of architecture. Taking part in Non Solo Murales di San Gavino Monreal in Sardinia, Italy, the artist created a piece titled Balance. As the artist explained, the current health crisis continues to force us all to find an inner balance, and this wall reflects on how to use what we have and how to find an equilibrium in ourselves.
Sabek is a Spanish street artist whose stark graphic imagery of animals and nature never cease to amaze. In July, he painted the first wall as part of the Rexenera Fest in the Galician town of Carballo. The mural titled Resilience, accompanied by a brief explanation that it’s ‘the ability to overcome shocking circumstances,” depicts a black tiger with a blank, yet penetrating stare.
A beautiful, wall-transcending mural was recently painted in San Jose, California, on commision by the city. Limonium by artist Mona Caron depicts Limonium californicum, a species of sea lavender known by the common names western marsh rosemary and California sea lavender. It is native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California, with occasional sightings in Nevada and Arizona. Caron is a Swiss-born, San Francisco-based artist known for her Weeds project.
Featured image: Isakov in Breda, photo by Edwin Wiekens.