5 urban art artists who need to know

5 Artistas de Arte Urbana que Precisa de Conhecer
Of course, the first of this list of street artists is Banksy. Mixing politics, humor and poetry through drawings of children, soldiers and even monkeys, the murals ofBanksy They are an essential reference for all urban art artists. Through provocative images, the enigmaticBanksy Creates highly engaging works of art. The English artistBanksy, of anonymous identity, created its own language in the streets of the world, through Stencil and Graffiti. His works are easily identifiable for his graphic language and their own characteristics. Deeply figurative, these Stencils critically address various social and political themes such as consumerism, political authority and terrorism. Girl with balloon and 'The Son of a Migrant From Syria' are two well -known and impactful works of Banksy. Today, he is one of the most recognized and admired contemporary artists among younger generations.


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Alexandro Farto, also known asVhils, he is the Portuguese artist who gained international notoriety when Banksy invited him to the London Cans Festival in 2008. In the artistic scene in Portugal, he emerged in 2008, creating a revolution, through his innovative artistic practice, in which destruction is a way of construction.Vhils He became a phenomenon internationally, especially for his mural work in the public space, honoring José Saramago, Zeca Afonso, among others. The space where it grew, Seixal, an industrialized suburb on the other side of the Lisbon River (Portugal), profoundly influenced its practice by the transformations caused by the intense urban development in the 1980s and 1990s. Bordalo II, Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat, it was on the streets that the basis for its initial artistic production was formed, eventually projecting their perceptions of the outside world through their creative acts. It usually sculpting faces in public spaces-side of buildings-with buildings and a variety of tools and materials that can leave a brand or remove materials, including hammers, drills, recording acid, bleach and explosives. In addition to mural sculpture, he has also been exploring other means such as screen printing, installation and other supports, such as advertising posters, wooden doors and metal plates that he collects from the streets. Works ofVhils Like “Open Walls Baltimore 1”, “Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 - King Lunalilo Mural ”and“ Dusk ”reflect current themes of the artistic panorama, such as identity, representation, ephemerality and experience of the individual in consumer society.

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He has probably seen several invades on the walls of Paris or Los Angeles but I didn't even know. Since the late 1990s, Invader He turned the streets into an urban tribute to the 1980s video games, “invading” public spaces with a vintage and digitized reality. Never revealing your true identity,Invader He uses the popular computer game characters and puts them on the streets.

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4. Bordalo II
Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (1987), known as Bordalo II, it was famous for using streets trash to create stunning animal sculptures, with the purpose of warning people about pollution and all types of species that are endangered. From the street art he developed his practice, evolving to what is now considered as 'trash art'. The passion for painting dates back to childhood, when he spent hours in the end to watch his grandfather painting in his studio and also due to the underworld of the city of Lisbon-strongly influenced at the time by graffiti practices. He started painting walls with spray on the streets at the age of 11, with the stage nameBordalo II, in honor and highlight to the artistic legacy of its grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017). In the painting course at the Lisbon Academy of Fine Arts, he discovered the sculpture, the ceramics and began to experience the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created about two hundred animals sculptures using over 60 tons of reused materials. The previously abandoned objects - the plates, the tires, the doors - in the hands ofBordalo II acquire an aesthetic and communicative function in animal format. The Portuguese artist wants to represent in his works an image of nature, from what destroys them - waste, waste and pollution, clearly expressing a critique of consumerism and offering a sustainability solution. His "Big Trash Animals" facilities, scattered throughout the public or museum-world-gaps on the need for socio-ecological sustainability. In the streets of his hometown, a series of works, "Proviative" and "Train Tracks", interact with fabric and urban furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and conditioners. These small ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing various topics, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others.

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5.Shepard Fairey
An important figure of the contemporary movement of urban art,Shepard Fairey He gained prominence in the early 1990s with his campaign “Andre The Giant Has A Posse”, in which he distributed posters, stickers and murals with the homonymous fighter in Providence, Rhode Island. Fairey's 2008 2008 Post -Poster Hope campaign for President Barack Obama encapsulates a series of recurring concerns from the artist, including propaganda, portraits and political power. The work ofShepard Fairey, which was sold by six auction figures, can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art of New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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