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The Best of Street Art

Updated on March 17, 2014
Penang, Malaysia (Artist: Ernest Zacharevic)
Penang, Malaysia (Artist: Ernest Zacharevic)

Street Art refers to any medium of visual art in a public location that is outside of sanctioned art venues. This art form exploded in the 1980s with the advent of graffiti and has only taken off since. Usually, street art appeals to the masses, communicating relevant social issues while aesthetically captivating many. Street art's origins can therefore be traced back to World War II, during which time artists took to the streets to express their discontent. Yet, individuals long before this have used the urban life as their canvas, even going back to the 1700's with Joseph Kyselak of Vienna. European Revolutionaries provide a strong back-bone to the street art movement. Utilizing stencils and busy streets, some spread propaganda and expressed their opinions via this art form.

Many of these artists are world travelers, spreading their talent with a somewhat underground following. Some even make the transition to the modern art world, showcasing their art in museums and galleries. However, a large majority of these artists remain unknown. While millions view their pieces they continue to hide in the darkness, sharing their talent on a global scale.

Lately, this art work has taken on a whole new meaning. Optical illusions and 3D street art have taken center stage around the world. With names like Edgar Mueller, these pieces catch the eyes of millions.

Banksy

"Banksy" is a pseudonym for this artist who has created stenciled pieces of street art demonstrating his opinions on the government. He is an England based artist, and this piece may be the most famous street artwork.
"Banksy" is a pseudonym for this artist who has created stenciled pieces of street art demonstrating his opinions on the government. He is an England based artist, and this piece may be the most famous street artwork.

Borondo

Borondo is a Spanish street artist corn in the late 1980s. He is one of the artists who has made his way into the modern art world.
Borondo is a Spanish street artist corn in the late 1980s. He is one of the artists who has made his way into the modern art world.

David Walker

Another known artist, Walker uses spray paint to make his free-hand street art. He is known for his portraits that utilize a layering technique.
Another known artist, Walker uses spray paint to make his free-hand street art. He is known for his portraits that utilize a layering technique.

Eyesaw

Eyesaw is known for their multi-media street work at bus-stops. This is just one of the artists many works using this technique.
Eyesaw is known for their multi-media street work at bus-stops. This is just one of the artists many works using this technique.

Pavel Puhov

Pejac

This artists work are scattered around Spain and Russia. This one shows the world literally going down the drain. What's note-worthy is the positioning of the world, with the lower hemisphere filtering directly down the sewer.
This artists work are scattered around Spain and Russia. This one shows the world literally going down the drain. What's note-worthy is the positioning of the world, with the lower hemisphere filtering directly down the sewer.
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Edgar Mueller

The Crevasse- Many of his other works show similar ideas playing with the idea of waterfalls, caverns and lava
The Crevasse- Many of his other works show similar ideas playing with the idea of waterfalls, caverns and lava
This painting spans 400 meters of the street and shows the optical illusion of drops of rushing water.
This painting spans 400 meters of the street and shows the optical illusion of drops of rushing water.
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Nicholas Arndt

This German artists typically paints animals, sometimes utilizing the basic crayon.
This German artists typically paints animals, sometimes utilizing the basic crayon.
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Kurt Wenner

This artist has created magnificent street-art illusions after is job at NASA.
This artist has created magnificent street-art illusions after is job at NASA.

Leon Kerr

These terracotta soldiers are in Sarasota
These terracotta soldiers are in Sarasota
Street chalk artist
Street chalk artist

MESA

Spanish based artist who mostly sticks to black and white portraits.
Spanish based artist who mostly sticks to black and white portraits.
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