Off the Wall: Examples of Creative Street Art

1. Pejac From the Streets of Spain

Pejac’s street art is a bit of a head game and his pieces are well-executed, beautifully painted and Banksy-esque in their political message. His mission is to make foreign and strange spaces recognizable to the inhabitants around them, a goal he accomplishes by combining recognizable imagery with his intrinsic understanding of negative space. It is street art, but without the overwhelming heaviness and self-boasting that comes along with traditional graffiti styles.

Plenty of his work is available for viewing on his website, as well a videos that showcase his amazing ability working with stencils and negative space.


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2. Os Gemeos From the Streets of Brazil
“Os Gemeos” is Portuguese for “The Twins”, which is exactly what these two are. The twin brothers first gained artistic popularity during the late 90’s but have been actively painting the streets of Brazil since 1987. After a fateful first interview in 12oz prophet, a graffiti focused magazine, the twins began to see some success from their work, which had evolved from American-graffiti inspired attempts to the beautiful images they produce today, laden with Brazilian cultural symbols and colors.

The twins now tour the world creating commissioned works of art for businesses, government entities and private collectors. While their website is currently down, since these boys have been active for the better part of the last two decades, a simple Google search will yield ample examples of their work.


3. Johnny Robles From the Streets of Miami

A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he received his BFA in 2006, and the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, Johnny Robles’ dripping images are a mainstay on the Miami art scene. With several of his pieces embellishing the sides of several Wynwood businesses, including his “Detached Man” which was turned into a one time run via 1xrun, a piece he claims was one of, “…many experiments using both my interest in classical art and cartoons as much as my spiritual beliefs”.

Robles is currently working on a new mural in the Wynwood area, and from the moment he began drawing, Instagram became abuzz with images of the developing cloud front, but you can check out this amazing video of his process for a piece he completed late last year for Art Basel 2012.

4. Slinkachu’s Little People from the streets of the UK
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Where most street and graffiti artists’ main focus is the visibility of their art, Slinkachu’s Little People project is all about the invisibility of the delicately crafted pieces. That is what makes them stand out. The project began in 2006 and Slinkachu says that it, “…plays with the notion of surprise. I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.” He says that he sets up the miniscule scenes as a way of exploring how easily one gets lost in such a big world.

The artist painstakingly sets up his dioramas, created by remodeling and painting miniature model train characters, which he photographs and leaves behind for locals and tourists to discover and enjoy. Over the years, Slinkachu has created hundreds of scenes, many of which are featured in his recently published book titled, Global Model Village as well as other previously published editions. He has many photos on his website and sells prints through various galleries.

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