Graffiti is the most accessible and most popular form of visual art, so they become an integral part of the urban landscape nowadays. Street art has become very popular, but since there is a very thin line between a street artist and a “criminal” destroying the property of other people, most of the street artists are known by their pseudonyms. Some of these street artists have revealed their identity and made a great transition from the streets to famous art galleries and art organizations, but most of them are still sharing their messages through the walls of the streets. Whether you think street art is vandalism or fine art, you can’t deny the fact that these artists are very creative and their art leaves lasting impression on us. Here are some of the most talented and famous street artists in the world!
Banksy is the most famous street artist in the world. His identity is unknown and his dark sense of humor make his works very recognizable. Banksy’s graffiti can be found in London, Bristol, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Some people have even removed the walls that he has painted on so that they can put them up for sale. Banksy has sold his works at gallery shows and auctions, but through an agent to protect his identity.
David Choe is talented graphic designer, graffiti artist and muralist who become very famous when he painted Facebook’s offices in 2005. Later he received company stock instead of cash for the Facebook murals, but he sold the stocks and became a millionaire. Then he worked for film sets, album covers and painted the famous portrait of Barack Obama. His murals and graffiti can be seen in Los Angeles, but also in France, England and Japan.
Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou)
Blek le Rat is one of the first graffiti artists in France and is considered as the father of the type of stencil graffiti. His pseudonym comes from the rat images that he painted in Paris. He began with his work in 1980s in Paris, and his identity was revealed in the early 1990s when he was arrested by the police. After the arrest he has been working only with posters and has published books with his artwork. Blek’s graffiti can be found in Paris, London, New York and Berlin.
Ash (Victor Ash)
Victor Ash is another famous street artist who began his career in 1980s. Ash is an early French street artist whose style influenced many modern graffiti artists.
Over his career, his style has become from rough street art to more aesthetically pleasing paintings. His works can be seen on buildings in Denmark, Germany and France. One of his best artworks is the painting of four figures on a German bunker.
Blu is Italian street artist whose identity is unknown. He became famous in 1999 when he painted a series of graffiti in Bologna. In 2005, Blu became a part of the international street art scene and began collaboration with other famous names including Banksy.
Moose (Paul Curtis)
Paul Curtis is popular English artist who is famous because of his unique approach to graffiti. He is popular for drawing “reverse graffiti”, which is a form of street art where images and letterings are scrubbed out from dirty surfaces. This approach of graffiti was adopted by many other artists and advertisers such as Starbucks, Microsoft and BBC.
Vhils (Alexandre Farto)
Vhils is an incredibly talented, Portuguese street artist who uses different types of pain and scratches off the surface of buildings to create his amazing artworks. He became famous when his work of a face carved into a wall appeared alongside a picture by the famous street artist Banksy at the Cans Festival in London, 2008.