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Street Update #178

  • SEPE - There's No Sea..., 2019
July 1, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

This month, we bring you pieces created all around the world, from Scandinavia and Belgium to Barcelona, Grenoble and Greece to Moscow and Philadelphia. From street art festivals to amazing individual initiatives, these amazing pieces stood out in the rich array of street art created all around the globe. To always stay up to date with murals worldwide, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

WD in Sala

Indonesian-born and Athens-based street artist WD aka Wild Drawing is known for his photo-realistic murals that often address current economic, political and social issues in local and global terms. In addition to socially-aware work, he also creates pieces inspired by nature, comics, graphic novels and Disney characters. The artist recently visited Sala, Sweden where he created an amazing sight-specific piece titled Little Girls With Dreams Become Women With Vision.

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Fio Silva in Volos

Argentinian muralist and illustrator, Fio Silva is known for vibrant depictions of nature and wildlife. Her style is somewhere between surrealism and abstraction, characterized by a unique representation of the movement, strength and fragmentation. While visiting Volos, Greece, the artist created a massive colorful mural titled PHILIA PHYLOS, imbued with dynamism and energy.

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Francisco Bosoletti in Werchter

The Argentinian-born artist Francisco Bosoletti creates work which carries the traits of a universal classicity. He depicts faces and bodies caught in an ephemeral way, revealing a recondite and melancholic dimension of existence. His recent mural in Werchter, Belgium titled Hybris is a perfect example of his distinct style.

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SEPE in Szczecin

A Polish street artist, SEPE is known for his quasi-mannerist figures, defined by delicate but deliberate lines which seem to illustrate the numerous stories of the streets they are placed in. On the occasion of the OD/BLOKOWANIE 2.0 project curated by Fruit of the Lump, the artist painted an amazing piece in one of the poorest and forgotten neighborhoods in Szczecin, Poland. Titled There’s No Sea…, the mural melts into colors and forms of its environment, bathed in greens and browns similar to the trees nearby.

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Robert Proch in Grenoble

Another Polish artist, Robert Proch is known for his unique picturesque language which represents numerous stylistic expressions. He paints aspects of motion and processing taken strictly from an urban environment, imagining the modern city without all the small details like benches or trash bins. On the occasion of the Grenoble Street Art Fest, Proch created a massive mural depicting a human figure which appears as if falling through the rabbit hole.

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INTI in Moscow

A Chilean urban artist, INTI finds his influence in Latin American socialist murals and graffiti art. The artist created his new piece in Moscow for the Atrium project, which aims to subtract advertising space in exchange for murals in the city center. Titled Worker Woman, it alludes to the important role that women have played in the great social changes of the 20th century.

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Amy Sherald in Philadelphia

Known for her amazing portraits, Amy Sherald chooses subjects who look to enlarge the genre of American art historical realism by telling African-American stories within their own tradition. She was commissioned last year to create the official portrait of the former First Lady, Michelle Obama. The artist painted a huge mural depicting a local resident, 19-year-old African American Najee Spencer-Young.

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Various Artists in Barcelona

B-MURALS Festival & Conferences in Barcelona brought together hundreds of urban art professionals and enthusiasts, with a full program of mural interventions, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, music and training for professionals, among other activities. The festival invited a score of prominent street artists to transform in depth a curated space the Nau Bostik, an old factory transformed into a self-managed cultural space. Among artists who participated in the festival are Mina Hamada & Zosen, Panorámica Bostik Noche, Elisa Capdevila, Greg Jager, Irene López León, Twee Muizen, Franco Fasoli Jaz, Kram El Edu, Ilia Mayer and sheOne.

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Fintan Magee in Aalborg

A prominent Australian street and fine artist, Fintan Magee creates socially and environmentally engaged works. The artist created an amazing new piece in Aalborg, Denmark as part of Out in the Open 2019. Magee first took photos for sketches of young locals of 5 different nationalities at the gallery and gathered a few inspiring words from the residents about what it is like living in Aalborg. Titled Structure, the resulting mural is characterized by an incredible looseness in the strokes at the bottom, tightening it up with more intimate details towards the top.

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Vhils in Aalborg

Still in Denmark and Out in the Open festival, we also have this remarkable piece by Vhils. The Portuguese artist is famous for his technique of chiseling walls in order to create positive/negative space. This is his first ever mural in the country, and it is a portrait of a young lady – one of the everyday heroes the Portuguese artist usually pays homage to, people that shape and are shaped by the cities they live in.

Featured image: SEPE – There’s No Sea…, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.