Street art can take a boring city street and turn it into something really spectacular. Here are 17 amazing street art photos!
9. Earth Crusher
You get the idea New York is a big place to see street art. Now let’s look at some art from around the world. As you’ve probably noticed, most of these artists prefer not to use their real name, 1 because it seems cooler and more artistic and 2 because they don’t want the cops knocking at their door because it some senses, it still sort of is vandalism. Earth Crusher came up with this design in Montreal, which is supposed to symbolism international CEO greed and brainwashing.
Not all street art has to be intricate and well planned in order for it to be amusing. An Artist by the name of Wax, also in Montreal. This artist enjoys creating simple yet bizarre looking creatures that seem to be from out of this world. Most of his work is just comical and he doesn’t always try to convey a deep message with each work. His style of art seems almost inspired by cartoon characters from the show, Adventure Time, and you can kind of see that in this piece
7. Jef Aerosol
While some artists like to remain anonymous, Jef Aerosol isn’t really one of them. This work of street art is found near L’eglise Saint Merri in Paris, located just North of Notre Dame and the artist depicts himself in a self portrait, putting his finger over his mouth to tell people to keep quiet about his vandalism! Other street artists have decided recently to add to this wall. It’s easy to find much vibrant art near his portrait for are intricate designs for fountains, one being the Fountain Stravinsky in this photo.
6. Memorial to Diana
Berlin is also home to some of the most fascinating street art in the world. While being used to separate the communist east from the non communist west side, artists used it as their canvas. This was of course, only on the west side. Thierry Noir from France, claims to be the first one to paint the wall. Whether this is true or not, is unknown but later in 1998 he painted on a remaining piece in honor of Princess Diana passing away. He’s known for his cartoonish styles and has several pieces of art using the pieces wall as a canvas. This one here with the teal face, is displayed in New York City on a segment of the Berlin Wall.
This interesting piece of art blends nature with graffiti to create a unique design using the tree leaves as hair. It’s believed that this is situated in San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic and was painted by a man named Gabriel Abreu. This artist has left many strikingly lifelike images around the streets of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Constanza to name a few and is characterized by his detail in facial features.
4. The Twins
Brazil is also home to a thriving street art scene, partially thanks to a graffiti duo by the name of Os Gemeos, or the twins in Portuguese. Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, both from Sao Paulo, came up with this unreal design and began their careers of spray painting in 1987. Their color designs often have political and social background to them. They try to add a Brazilian folklore and hip hop influence to their works of art.
3. Bicycle Without Brakes
A Brazilian Trio, who goes by Bicicleta sem Freio, or Brazilian for Bicycle without Brakes, came up with this amazing design on the side of a building. They are inspired by pop culture and enjoy adding a psychedelic flare to their art, using bright, eye catching color that makes it hard to miss! They began designing posters but their work got them a lot of attention and it translated well to street art.
It’s difficult to complete this list without getting into a few of Banksy’s artwork. He’s arguably the most well known street artists and is known for his controversial street art designs. Banksy from England, remains anonymous and began his career in with a few other artists named Kato and Tes. He his also anti capitalist and criticizes society and the media’s portrayal of important issues. In this photo you see a piece known as Shop til You Drop. He jokes that,”We can’t do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves”.
Girl With a Balloon Hope
Although this doesn’t seem like the most intricate design on the list and it probably took much less work than basically all of them, Banksy finds a way to compel passersby with interpretation. Located in London, this is one of Banksy’s most well pieces. This little girl reaches up to a balloon that is slightly out of her grasp and behind her states, there is always hope. Many people have enjoyed this as a design for a tattoo and it’s one of the most talked about pieces of street art today..