Brazil boasts a unique and particularly rich, graffiti scene earning it an international reputation as the place to go for artistic inspiration." Graffiti "flourishes in every conceivable space in Brazil's cities." Artistic parallels "are often drawn between the energy of São Paulo today and 1970s New York.
Prominent Brazilian graffiti artists include Os Gêmeos, Boleta, Nunca, Nina, Speto, Tikka, and T.Freak. Their artistic success and involvement in commercial design ventures has highlighted divisions within the Brazilian graffiti community between adherents of the cruder transgressive form of pichação and the more conventionally artistic values of the practitioners of grafite.
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Alice Pasquini is a visual artist from Rome who works as an illustrator, set designer, and painter. Alice’s preferred canvases are city walls and she’s traveled widely in the past few years to bring her artwork to life on the streets of different cities across the globe. Growing up in the culture of ’90s hip-hop, she was struck by the heroine of a comic named Sprayliz, which centered around a girl who created politically themed graffiti, and using this inspiration she began moving toward the world of street art. Through her art she strives to demonstrate the small moments between people and their connections to one another. She wishes to represent human emotion and explore these emotions from a different point of view. Alice is particularly interested in the representation of women in art and the desire to show strong, independent women in a way that differs from the highly sexualized image of femininity that is typically seen in society.
Born in 1980, Alice graduated from Rome’s Academy of Fine Arts and then lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid she completed coursework in animation at the well-respected Ars animación school and, in 2004, obtained an MA in critical art studies at the Universidad Computense. She then worked with the Spanish department store El Corte Inglés as a set designer for Cortylandia. Here she was able to use her design skills to design amusement parks for children. Alice has also worked with international clients (Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, Microsoft, Gazzetta dello Sport) on PR campaigns and has collaborated in a wide range of design projects, both as a graphic designer and illustrator. Some of these projects include work with the design magazine Experimenta, Il Venerdì della Repubblica, and as the art director of the satirical magazine Greenager.
Oʻahu known as "The Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. This year London's Roids gave the islanders a couple of great presents. Two exceptional graffiti works in a style that only he has mastered. We will be doing a gallery on Roids very soon.
The first known example of "modern style" graffiti survives in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). Local guides say it is an advertisement for prostitution. Located near a mosaic and stone walkway, the graffiti shows a handprint that vaguely resembles a heart, along with a footprint and a number. This is believed to indicate that a brothel was nearby, with the handprint symbolizing payment.
The ancient Romans carved graffiti on walls and monuments, examples of which also survive in Egypt. Graffiti in the classical world had different connotations than it carries in today's society concerning content. Ancient graffiti displayed phrases of love declarations, political rhetoric, and simple words of thought compared to today's popular messages of social and political ideals The eruption of Vesuvius preserved graffiti in Pompeii, which includes Latin curses, magic spells, declarations of love, alphabets, political slogans, and famous literary quotes, providing insight into ancient Roman street life. One inscription gives the address of a woman named Novellia Primigenia of Nuceria, a prostitute, apparently of great beauty, whose services were much in demand. Another shows a phallus accompanied by the text, 'mansueta tene':"Handle with care". It's good to see they had a good sense of humour.
Roa is a graffiti artist from Belgium. He has very unique graffiti style drawing a huge and really stunning graffiti of animals all around the globe. His works can be seen in almost all around the world and here is a gallery of his work for you. And here is one of our favorites.
In 2007 experts told the owners of Kelburn Castle in Scotland that its concrete facing would eventually need to be replaced to avoid further damage to the stonework. At the suggestion of his children, Lord Glasgow invited four Brazilian graffiti artists to paint the walls. The artists were Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo or 'Os Gemeos' meaning, ‘Twins’, in Portuguese, Nina Pandolfo and Never.
Historic Scotland agreed to the project, on the basis that the graffiti would be removed when the castle was re-harled. The project was featured on the BBC television programme The Culture Show. Also in 2007, Kelburn featured in another BBC programme, Crisis at the Castle which documented the financial problems of running the castle.
The new Balloon Girl image (right) is based on a earlier stencil from 2002 (left)
Reclusive British street artist Banksy has reworked one of his most celebrated pieces to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria. The image of a girl with a balloon will be projected onto various international landmarks on 13 March, among them the Eiffel Tower and Nelson's Column.
The new image will promote #withsyria, a campaign to rally support for victims of the conflict. It is based on a stencil first seen in London in 2002. In a statement on his website, the artist made reference to the 15 children whose detention for writing pro-democracy graffiti triggered the first protests against the Assad regime in March 2011. The protests "led to an outbreak of violence across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes".
Thursday will see a "global recreation" of the Banksy artwork, with red balloons being released simultaneously in squares around the world to mark the conflict's anniversary. A vigil will be held in London's Trafalgar Square from 18:00 GMT. Actor Idris Elba and British band Elbow have also lent their support to the campaign. Edited from BBC
Tilt is an internationally recognised traditional graffiti artist, originating from Toulouse in South France. A self declared "graffiti fetishist", he learned his trade in the streets and on trains as a youngster. In the time since he did his first tags on a skateboard ramp back in '88, his ensuing career has been nourished and influenced by extensive travel. Inspirational journeys have seen Tilt exhibit and leave his mark as far and wide as the U.S.A, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Taiwan, China, Canada, Philippines, Indonnesia, Maldivians and in excess of 12 countries throughout Europe. More Tilt here
German street artist EVOL transforms common urban surfaces into miniature lifelike buildings. He is like an urban planner, but unlike the others, he creates a city within the city. Check out our Evol Gallery here.