THE BEST OF STREET ART BESTIARY

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Today street art is one of the most vibrant artistic scenes and encompasses different techniques, styles and imagery: from calligraphy to hyperrealism, illustration, free figuration, paste-ups, and stencils.

There are multiples ways to tackle the street art world, and this time we have decided to bring you on a tour of urban bestiary artists.

The concept of street art is to turn cities and their volumes into a big playground for artists willing to reenchant our daily life, make us rediscover our environment, or call us into question. Numerous street artists represent animals. It can be paradoxical since it shows a desire to reintroduce nature within urban landscape through the means of the most refined expression of human civilization, that is to say, art.

The result is often breathtaking…

{1.ROA}

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It is impossible to talk about street art bestiary without starting by the Belgian street artist ROA, whose work entirely revolves around animals.

Instantly recognizable, Roa’s gigantic murals represent black and white animals chosen specifically for the environment of the city they are located in: foxes, crocodiles, rabbits, squirrels etc. If they appear sleeping at first, ROA’s animals are in fact all dead, and the artist piles their bodies up in a macabre sense of aesthetics. Sometimes, he even directly represents animal’s skeletons or organs.

ROA is addicted to travelling and he adds new species to his inventory in every place he goes. His work is like an open air natural history museum that questions the relation between men and animals.

{2. ALEXIS DIAZ}

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Alexis Diaz is a Porto Rican artist who scatters his very detailed murals fill with surreal animals in every corner of the planet, from Paris to Montreal, Mexico and Vienna.His universe and style is also very distinctive: skillfully drawn animals made with black ink (resembling engravings) on plain and colorful backgrounds.

Alexis Diaz’s work is surrealist by all means and represents combination of animals that the artist chooses based on the ecosystem of the location he is working in.

 

{3. DALEAST}

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DALeast is a Chinese street artist who started spraypainting cities of the world in 2004, from Miami to London, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

His technics is highly visually impacting: from an interlacing of what looks like metallic wires emerge figures in motion, most frequently animals, that DALeast considers with a lot of empathy as indispensable creatures for the well-being of the planet. DALeast generally works on monumental murals, which makes his dynamic work all the more powerful.

For a couple of years now DALeast has been in a relationship with FAITH47, another famous international street artist, also included in this list.

{4. FAITH47}

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FAITH47 is an internationally acclaimed street artist from Cape Town. She has been practicing street art for over 15 years and her murals can be seen in every big cities of the world. Through her work, FAITH47 wants to disarm strategies of realpolitik to promote personal and individual truth. Her work bears a strong spiritual dimension and can be defined as an existential quest.

 

{5.NYCHOS}

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Nychos is an Austrian street artist fascinated by anatomy. At the age of 6, he saw the corpse of a lamb in a trash. Instead of being repelled, he was attracted by the beauty of the scene, which was determining for his future aesthetics and inspiration. Nychos’ art is strongly influenced by his dreams and his psychological states: suspected of having epilepsy, he got into a serious car accident which had him under medical surveillance for 9 months.

His cartoonish works are inspired from the cartoon imagery of the 80’s. They represent dismembered animals and people in bold colors. His art is funny and disturbing at the same time since he dismembers foxes and rats but also Mickey Mouse or Sponge Bob, with a fascination for rabbits- the animals who showed him his artistic path in a dream.

 

{6. LI HILL}

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Li-Hill is a Canadian artist who works with painting, stencil, illustration as well as sculpture. As a street artist, he makes monumental murals and tackles the topics of industrialization, scientific progress and the relation between men and nature. His work are very dynamic and questions the fast changes of our modern time.

He has already exhibited in national institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery d’Ontario, and has created murals in Australia, Thailand and even China.

 

{7. DZIA}

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Dzia is a Belgian artist who broke into the street art world only a couple of years ago. Though his distinctive geometric animal murals have built him a strong reputation already. He is graduated from the Royal Academy of Antwerp and he also works on sculpture and taxidermy. He also launched the CopyZine magazine, a handmade publication which price varies depending on the production cost. Each edition contains original drawings by Dzia or other artists he collaborates with.

 

{8. ARLIN}

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Arlin is a 28-years old Brazilian street artist who started urban art in his hometown of Tatui, in the state of Sao Paulo in the early 2000. After having worked as an artistic director for an advertising agency, he started associating graphic design to graffiti in 2010.

His architectural style is the result of a synthetic and fragmental aesthetics inspired by technology and modern world.

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