Polish Urban Art: Pener

The Polish Urban Art Project is aimed to present and promote Polish urban art and artists in Europe through a Eastern European murals tour and exhibition in Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm, summing up in Lublin, Poland in December at Brain Damage Gallery. Featuring not only some of the best Polish street artists but hands down some of the world’s best artists this project is a real treat for urban art enthusiasts. With that said here’s one of the first murals completed in Lviv, Ukraine by Pener who painted a fresh layered wall exuding abstract energy and color. For more shots of this wall head on over here and for more info on the project and participating artists and cities be sure to head on over to invite here and check back with us in the next coming weeks as the tour makes its way through Europe.

Photo by Cezary Hunkiewicz.

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Dunedin Street Art: Phlegm

After his last wall in Dunedin, New Zealand back in May Phlegm is back on the south island for the Dunedin Street Art Festival which is the first of it’s kind bringing both international and local artists together to the streets. Taking place alongside the Vogel Street Party this past weekend, the same location that he painted at last time around, Phlegm has completed this beautiful new piece in the streets. I am absolutely in love with the oddly floating organist playing a songbird pipe organ and even more thrilled to see the addition of color to the birds, which makes for a wonderful treat and contrast against his usual monochromatic pieces.

Photo by Victoria Gilliand.

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Life Is Beautiful: Borondo

The latest artist to join the street art event coinciding with the Life Is Beautiful Festival, curated by Rise Above in Las Vegas, Nevada is Spanish artist Borondo who has completed his addition to the streets. Painted on the corner of the parking garage you must find yourself perfectly centered with the wall to see the image for what it truly is – a softly distorted and aged portrait of a man clinging onto his cloak. For more info and flicks head on over to Life Is Beautiful’s site here and be sure to check back as more artists start filtering into Vegas.

Photo by JustKids.

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Dunedin Street Art: Pixel Pancho

The Dunedin Street Art Festival in Dunedin, New Zealand is the first of it’s kind bringing both international and local artists together to the streets which took place alongside the Vogel Street Party this past weekend. One of the participating artists was Pixel Pancho who has completed his massive piece in the city of a young boy lovingly riding his horse. I am loving the transition of his wall pieces from strictly robotic to the incorporation of the human form and flora, much like his recent paintings. Perfectly balanced against the layout of the wall it’s a stunning juxtaposition of the mechanical and natural worlds joined together.

Photo by Magda Coccinella.

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UF Wall: Vhils

We’ve got ourselves the completed wall by Vhils for the Fundacja Urban Forms series of wall painting in Lodz, Poland. As the first “mural” of it’s kind in Poland Vhils has blessed the wall with his signature carved out imagery out of the plaster of this old building facade. Having chosen to do a profile of a woman with a tree and branches incorporated into it the piece has a wonderful ethereal feel to it, just softly etched in. Be sure to check out the progress of the wall on Fundacja Urban Form’s page here.

Photo by Marek Szymański .

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Riders

For the past month many artists have been invited out to Moscow, Russia to be part of the Moscow Street Art Biennial “Artmosphere,” including Aske aka Sicksystems, who killed it with this large mural that is literally the size of an 11-story building turned on its side. Inspired by the pump track that he painted in front of he decided to paint bike riders that ride these trails. His signature stained glass/color by numbers style always catches my eyes, a technique that creates dimensional murals on flat walls with striking color contrasts. For some great detail and progress shots head on over to his site here.

Photo by the artist.

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Deraci_Nation

Saturday is the opening of “Deraci_Nation,” a site-specific installation and exhibition in the lower level space of R. Jampol Project(s) in NYC. This project is the collaborative effort of Nanook, Mata Ruda, and LNY (new painting above) “that serves as a memorial to the unknown victims of forced migration, displacement and oppression throughout the history of the United States.” “Drawing connections between recent events such as the mass exodus of Central American migrant children crossing the US border, the continued wars on drugs and the poor by established structures of power and the historical oppression of Native American populations, “Deraci_Nation” creates a social space of reflection and inquiry.” For more info on the exhibition and opening check out the event invite here.

Deracination (Deracinate [dih-ras-uh-neyt] to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate, to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.) refers to the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region. It often connotes violent coercion, and is used interchangeably with the terms “displacement” or forced displacement. – Wikipedia.

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Ukrainian St. George

After a few weeks of work AEC of Interesni Kazki has finished up this grand new mural in Kiev, Ukraine. Painted with brushes in hand this intricate cosmic piece encompasses the surrealistic work that he is known for, drawing inspiration from the Christian tale of Saint George and the Dragon but in a current and relevant context. Above we are presented with a modern day Saint George who is victoriously slaying the hands of greedy ones, just one of the many symbolic references in the new work.

Photo by the artist.

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Life Is Beautiful: Bicicleta Sem Freio

After painting some sweet pieces in the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada last year for the street art event coinciding with the Life Is Beautiful Festival, curated by Rise Above, the Brazilian artists Bicicleta Sem Freio have brought more of their flavor to the area with this new piece. Embracing the vibrant culture and color of their home country and their illustration backgrounds the trio of artists killed it with this very graphic directed piece in which you find yourself in a tropical sexed-up hallucination. For more info and flicks head on over to Life Is Beautiful’s site here and be sure to check back as more artists start filtering into Vegas.

Photo by JustKids.

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Symbiosis

It was a real pleasure to have Mr. Prvrt come out to visit us in Jersey City, NJ and paint this sweet piece as a part of our Savage Habbit murals project. Creatively inspired by growing up around and currently working with animals he has blessed our local community with a this full scale elephant. Reflecting on the symbiotic relationship between animals here he refers to the benefits that both elephants and Oxpecker birds have by living amongst each other. Oxpeckers follow around elephants and other large animals in order to feast on the ticks and other insects that cling to their thick hides, mutually feeding the birds while ridding the large animals of these pests. His work has the look and feel of stencil work but do not be fooled, it is just brilliantly crafted freehand that makes his style so unique. We’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to work with him and have this piece of art in our streets, so be sure to check out our Flickr for all the progress and detail shots of this visually stimulating piece.

Also, be sure to check the beautiful painting he has donated to our Kickstarter to help us bring more goodies like this to our streets.

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