Dec 09, 2016

10 Street Artists You Need to Know (part II)

The commercial success of Banksy, Ben Eine, Shepard Fairey and other street artists have brought this art form into the mainstream, with art collectors willing to spend millions to own their works. We look into 10 of the hottest street artists right now.
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6. VHILS

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils ‘destroys to create.’

His internationally recognised style involves the forming of large, oversized portraits made directly by carving into outdoor walls. His technique ranges from drilling to controlled explosions and his subjects are largely anonymous and ‘unremarkable’ urban citizens. In his own words:

"They are all people I have met briefly in cities where I have created murals. I like the idea of turning ordinary, common people into icons, to contrast this with the need people seem to have to create icons in the first place. Instead of creating icons out of people who have changed history, like what Warhol was doing with Mao and others, I take an ordinary person and try and make people think about the ordinary citizens who struggle everyday to eke a living in contemporary society."

7.Revok

Jason Williams, aka REVOK, is considered a trailblazer in the sub-culture of graffiti, gaining cult status through his battles with the law.

After a host of legal troubles following his arrest in 2009 for ‘failing to pay damages to the victims of his previous vandalism crimes,’ and a temporary withdrawal from LA, he returned to the city in 2011 only to be arrested and sentenced to 180 days in prison.

His style on the streets is old school graffiti writing that somehow manages to remain true to street art that has gone before while pushing the boundaries with more expressive writing. He’s also been able to cross the boundary and had success as a gallery artist.

8. Maya Hayuk

With their symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.

Her gallery work is no less vibrant, combining a mix of popular culture whilst attempting to connect the viewer to the pursuit of a psychedelic experience in visual form. She has exhibited all over the world.

9. JonOne

Originally from Harlem, New York, JonOne moved to Paris in 1987 following an invitation from fellow graffiti artist Bando.

There he made a name for himself in Parisian artistic circles through his work on canvas and the exhibitions he held,

"I have received no arts education. When I tagged trains in New York, I could not imagine that one day I would express myself on canvas.’

10. Invader

The renowned French street artist took his name and his style from the 70s computer game Space Invaders. Although his identity remains guarded, his work is prolific and can be seen in over 65 locations in 33 countries.

A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Invader famously declares invasions on cities before his work appears and has published 19 ‘invasion maps’ with details of his works. He is also the founding and potentially only member of the art movement ‘rubikcubism.’