I already talked about the street art creations of Nychos back in 2012, who reveals the anatomy of his characters into explosive and colorful compositions.
This talented artist has since come a long way, and enjoys a growing and deserved reputation, and his work can now be found throughout the world in many street art festivals, galleries and exhibitions.
I propose you today a selection of his latest creations.
Since first collaborating in 2007, Spanish street art duo Pichi & Avo (previously) have created an intriguing blend of traditional graffiti and renderings of mythological figures influenced by ancient Greek sculpture.
The precision, shading, and use of color is all that more impressive considering each piece is painted only with spray paint.
Pichi & Avo open their first exhibition in Italy titled Urban IconoMythology at the Basement Project Room.
You can see more of their work here. (via Illusion, Graff Crew, UrbaNNerding, I Support Street Art)
The arteries of Lebanon are filled with graffiti and street art. Before it earned the respect and international recognition conferred by the art market, this art form was – and in many circles still is – considered to be vandalism.
Street art, in the words of Lebanese street artist Ali Rafei, “invaded private and public property.”
Like Yazan, Phat2, Zepha or Ashekman, Rafei is a recognized member of the country’s street art scene. Most of his work can be seen in the Ras Beirut neighborhood, and in the northern city of Tripoli.
He first began leaving his mark on urban fabric in 2010. Then in 2012 Rafei decided to enroll in the University of Leeds’s MA program in advertising.
He performed many maneuvers to stay in the U.K. but that didn’t work out. He’s been back in Lebanon since the beginning of the year.
Rafei’s street art veers from freehand portraiture to Arabic calligraphy to stencil work.
His most-recent stencil art can be seen off Hamra, on Abdel Aziz Street.
It portrays a man in a suit holding a balloon on which is written “Ana” (“Me” in Arabic). Next to the adult a child is straining to pop his balloon.
As Rafei explained, this work is a reflection on egoism. “I did it in a risky place,” he said.
“There is a message and I wanted it to be exposed. I didn’t want it to be hidden.”
This piece captured the attention of a nearby security guard, who kept asking Rafei and his friend what the point of the gesture was and why they were doing it.