Street Artists

bruno smoky toronto mural art A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Swarming the streets of Toronto are an abundance of animals. Pictured above is a close-up from a huge mural by Bruno Smoky. Here are several more:

Also by Toronto-based Brazilian artist Bruno Smoky

bruno smoky street art toronto. jpg A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Toronto-based Jerry Rugg aka birdO

birdo street art toronto1 A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Also by Jerry Rugg aka Birdo

Birdo street art and graffiti A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Canadian artist Nick Sweetman

nick sweetman street art toronto A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Toronto-based tattoo artist Jonny Cakes

jonny cakes street art mural toronto  A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Canadian artist Li-Hill, close-up

li hill toronto street art A Feast of Beasts on Toronto Streets: Bruno Smoky, birdO, Nick Sweetman, Jonny Cakes and Li Hill

Photo credits: 1, 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, 5 & 7 Tara Murray

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JT Liss Face Value 2 <em>Styles and Storytellers: Volume I</em> Continues at La Maison d’Art in Harlem with J.T. Liss, Misha Tyutyunik, Marthalicia and Jeff Henriquez

Currently on view at La Maison d’Art in Harlem is Styles and Storytellers, the first installment of a series of exhibits and artist talks conceived and curated by artist J.T. Liss. In this intriguingly provocative exhibit, four different artists present four unique stories in four distinct styles. Each of the four artists — J.T. LissMisha TyutyunikMarthalicia Matarrita and Jeff Henriquez – also share their talents with us on our city streets. Pictured above is Face Value by J.T. Liss. Here are several more images from the show:

J.T. Liss, Face Value II, Photographic art on canvas

J.T. Liss face value 2 <em>Styles and Storytellers: Volume I</em> Continues at La Maison d’Art in Harlem with J.T. Liss, Misha Tyutyunik, Marthalicia and Jeff Henriquez

Misha Tyutyunik, Mourning, Acrylic on canvas

MDot Mourning <em>Styles and Storytellers: Volume I</em> Continues at La Maison d’Art in Harlem with J.T. Liss, Misha Tyutyunik, Marthalicia and Jeff Henriquez

Marthalicia Matarrita, Frida Kahlo, En la Lucha, Mixed media

MM <em>Styles and Storytellers: Volume I</em> Continues at La Maison d’Art in Harlem with J.T. Liss, Misha Tyutyunik, Marthalicia and Jeff Henriquez

Jeff Henriquez, Night Moves #5, Photographic art on canvas

Jeff Henriquez night moves <em>Styles and Storytellers: Volume I</em> Continues at La Maison d’Art in Harlem with J.T. Liss, Misha Tyutyunik, Marthalicia and Jeff Henriquez

Styles and Storytellers: Volume I continues until June 30th with an artist talk and open-mic poetry/spoken words/music next Friday, June 2, 6-9 pm. To schedule an appointment to visit the exhibit at another time, you can contact gallery owner Stephanie Calla at stephanie@lamaisondartny.com or at 917-533-4605. La Maison d’Art is located at 259 W 132nd Street in Harlem.

Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky

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drew contra brooklyn nyc street art Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

The gifted Portuguese artist Frederico Draw, along with his talented Colectivo RUA partner Contra, visited NYC last month. With the support of Spread Art NYC, they graced Bushwick’s Troutman and Knickerbocker with an elegant mural dedicated the late Puerto Rican poet and activist Julia de Burgos. While the artists were in town, I had the opportunity to speak to them. A brief interview with Porto-based Frederico Draw follows:

When and where did you first get up?

I started tagging with my friends back home in the town of Freamunde in 2001.

What inspired you at the time?

The New York City hip-hop culture that I followed was my main inspiration back then.

Do any early graffiti-related memories stand out?

I was about 12 or 13 on a trip to the beach in Algarve with my family when I saw massive amounts of graffiti for the first time. I was astounded.

Drew and Contra street art nyc Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

How did your family feel about your engagement with the graffiti culture?

They were very supportive. They taught me to do it responsibly. There are many artists – painters and architects — in my family.

Have you any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I don’t feel it much.  There isn’t much of a divide in Porto. Most street artists do graffiti and respect it.

Do you have a formal art education?

I earned a Masters in architecture in Porto, but I never studied fine arts.  I had expected to be an architect; but when I started painting on the streets, my entire lifestyle changed.

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What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

All of it!

How do you feel about the engagement of the corporate world with graffiti writers and street artists?

It helps us artists live. But we need to work together; the relationship must be consensual, not exploitative.

Have you shown your work in galleries?  

Yes! I’ve exhibited in Portugal — principally in Porto — and I’ve had two exhibits in Italy.

draw contra lisbon street art Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

And what about festivals? Have you participated in any street art festivals?

I’ve participated in street art festivals in Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Here in NYC you are collaborating with Contra. Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I love both.  When working with others, I can exchange ideas.

Is there any particular street artist out there – with whom you’d like to collaborate?

I’d like to collaborate with Retna.

draw solo street art Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

What about crews? Do you paint with any crews?

I’m a member of Colectivo RUA. We are a group of artists based in Porto.

Do you work with a sketch in hand or do you let it flow?

I often work with a sketch.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished work?

I usually am.

Draw and contra portugal street art mural Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all of this?

It helps me get my work out. But I see it as my responsibility to get my artwork onto social media.

What inspires you these days?

Life…the environment…classical art…street art. I’m a huge fan of Borando.

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To raise awareness. It is the role of the artist to direct others to think about issues that matter.

Draw and Contra Portugal street art Speaking with Portuguese Visual Artist Frederico Draw in NYC

And why have you chosen the streets as your principal canvas?

Because the streets allow me to reach and engage many more people than I would otherwise.

Images

1 Julia de Burgos, Bushwick, 2017

2 Frederico Draw & Contra at work in Bushwick, 2017

3 An.fi.tri.ão, Porto, 2015

4 APAV with Contra, Lisbon, 2015

5 VELHOS SÃO OS TRAPOS with Senior University for VOLTAGEM and Fundação EDP, Alfândega da Fé, 2016

6 EQUILÍBRIO with Contra, São Mamede, 2017

7  SOUR VIRGIN with Contra, Naples, 2016

Photo credits: 1 Karin du Maire 2 Tara Murray 3-7 courtesy of the artist; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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troy lovegates street art toronto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

The streets of Toronto — particularly on and off Queens Street West — teem with curious characters. The image pictured above was painted by Canadian native Troy Lovegates. Several more follow:

NYC-based Buff Monster

buff monster street art Toronto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

Toronto-based Poser ABM

poser street art toronto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

The Toronto-based PA System artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson

the pa system street art tornto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

Atlanta-based Greg Mike (on right) & artist to be identified

Greg Mike and Mr. Loudmouf street art toronto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

Montreal-based en masse

en masse street art toronto Curious Characters on Toronto Streets: Troy Lovegates, Buff Monster, Poser, the PA System, Greg Mike and en masse

Photo credits: 1 & 4 Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, 5 & 6 Tara Murray

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dasic street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

A diverse range of faces by artists from across the globe have been greeting us in Detroit public spaces, particularly in Eastern Market. Pictured above is by Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez in Mexicantown. What follows are several more than we came upon this week:

Also by Dasic in Mexicantown

dasic fernandez street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

Australian artist Rone for Murals in the Market

rone street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

New Zealand-based artist Askew One for Murals in the Market

askew street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

NYC-based Beau Stanton for Murals in the Market

beau stanton street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

West Coast-based Hueman for Murals in the Market

hueman street art detroit Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

Bay Area artist Lauren YS for Murals in the Market

lauren ys detroit street art Faces in Detroit Public Spaces: Dasic Fernandez, Rone, Askew One, Beau Stanton, Hueman and Lauren YS

Photo credits: 1-3 & 7 Lois Stavsky; 4-6 Tara Murray

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jason botkin street art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

The largest park built under an underpass in Canada, Underpass Park is also an exuberant open-air street art museum. The outstanding graffiti and street art that grace the park’s columns were fashioned with support from StreetARToronto aka StART, Mural Routes and the Pan Am Path. The mural pictured above was painted by Montreal-based Jason Botkin. Several more images I captured last week — while visiting Toronto — follow:

Toronto-based graffiti master Recka

recka atreet art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Peruvian-Canadian muralist Peru143

peru street art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Toronto-based Jerry Rugg aka Birdo

birdo street art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Toronto-based Spud

spuds street art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Toronto-based Shalak Attack

shalakattack toronto street art At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Award-winning Chilean artist Fiya Bruxa and Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Nick Sweetman

nick sweetman and fiya bruxa street art toronto At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

The renowned Toronto-based artists Labrona and Troy Lovegates aka Other

troy lovegates and labrona At Underpass Park in Toronto: Jason Botkin, Recka, Peru143, birdO, Spud, Shalak Attack, Fiya Bruxa with Nick Sweetman, Labrona, Troy Lovegates & more

Photos by Lois Stavsky

Note: Hailed in a range of media from Wide Walls to the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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Findac street art amsterdam Street Art Today Presents Third Edition of the Kings Spray Street Art Festival: Fin DAC, Ces53, Sipros, Mr June, Bosmaus, Sokar Uno, Fanakapan, Besok & more

Street Art Today celebrated King’s Day 2017 with the third edition of the annual Kings Spray Street Art Festival. On April 27, a part of the NDSM-wharf in the north of Amsterdam was transformed into a giant street art castle. Thirty-five national and international street artists created artworks of 3,5 by 5 meters inside the castle and on its walls. Pictured above is London-based Fin DAC at work. What follows is a photo report of the festival by street art and travel photographer Karin du Maire:

Dutch graffiti master Ces53 at work

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Brazilian artist Sipros at work

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Holland-based Mr  June at work

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Belgium-based Philip Bosmans aka Bosmaus

Bosmaus street art amsterdam Street Art Today Presents Third Edition of the Kings Spray Street Art Festival: Fin DAC, Ces53, Sipros, Mr June, Bosmaus, Sokar Uno, Fanakapan, Besok & more

Berlin-based artist Sokar Uno

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London-based Fanakapan at work

fanakapan street art amsterdam Street Art Today Presents Third Edition of the Kings Spray Street Art Festival: Fin DAC, Ces53, Sipros, Mr June, Bosmaus, Sokar Uno, Fanakapan, Besok & more

Amsterdam-based Besok at work

Besok street art amsterdam Street Art Today Presents Third Edition of the Kings Spray Street Art Festival: Fin DAC, Ces53, Sipros, Mr June, Bosmaus, Sokar Uno, Fanakapan, Besok & more

Kings Spray Street Art Festival was organized by Peter Ernst Coolen, the founder and curator of Street Art Today.

Photos by Karin du Maire

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TUTS HKWALLS17 KYRA CAMPBELL F006 HKwalls 2017 Celebrates Street Art in Wong Chuk Hang: Tuts, Jecks, Spok Brillor, Taka, Debe, Abdul Rashade, Zoer & more

Earlier this spring, HKwalls partnered with Vans to introduce street art to Hong Kong’s Wong Chuk Hang district. The mural pictured above was painted by the Indonesian artist Tuts. What follow are several more images of urban art that surfaced during this year’s festival:

Thailand-based Jecks

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Spanish artist Spok Brillor, one of several trucks painted during HKwalls 2017

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Hong Kong-based Taka

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Taiwanese artist Debe

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Malaysian artist Abdul Rashade

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Paris-based Zoer

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All photos courtesy HKwalls

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The 3rd edition of Street Art Expo NYC took place yesterday afternoon at the Elks Lodge in Elmhurst, Queens. Visitors had the opportunity to meet dozens of artists and vendors and to purchase an amazing array of urban art in different media — from stickers to huge canvases. Here are a few images we captured:

Plasma Slug

Plasma slug urban art At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Murrz, tribute to Diva, RIP

Murz diva tribute At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Epic Uno

Epic Uno urban art At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Turtle Caps

turtle cap urban art At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Free5

Free5 at Street Art Expo At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Kepts

kepts graffiti At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

The Royal KingBee

King Bee art At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Jaylo, signed by KingBee

Jaylo and king bee At Street Art Expo NYC with: Plasma Slug, Murrz, Epic Uno, Turtle Caps, Free5, Kepts, KingBee, Jaylo & more

Sponsors for the event included: Ironlak, TYO Toys,The Alski Show, Bombing Science and Stick Em Up.

Photo credits: 1-7 Lois Stavsky; 8 Tara Murray

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made street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

The intersection of Underhill Avenue and St Johns Place was the place to be these past two weekends. Under the curatorial direction of Frankie Velez and Jeff Beler, over a dozen artists shared their talents, while delighting and engaging hundreds of passersby. The mural pictured above is the work of MADE.  Here are several more:

Another Biggie, this one by SacSix, with co-curator Frankie Velez to the right

sac six street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Allison Ruiz and Vanezza Cruz at work

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Albertus Joseph at work

albertus joseph street art Brooklyn <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

 JT Liss

JTLiss photo art street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Ariana Febles

Ariana Febles street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Chris RWK

ChrisRWK street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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