HARD EDGE METHOD BY HUEMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hueman is an artist based in Oakland, CA. She is constantly seeking balance: between the beautiful and the grotesque, the abstract and the figurative, and the golden moment between sleep and wake.

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Hueman’s work is shaped by a free association approach, so she produces dream-like disrupted compositions which represent almost hybrid beings or shapes in the state of emotional chaos or calmness.

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THE WORK OF BROKEN FINGAZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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The port city of Haifa in Israel is home to some of the best street art in the world. Broken Fingaz crew, a collective of artists who do brilliant graffiti works, T-Shirt designs and illustrations, was founded in 2001 by artist Unga, who, along with some friends who shared a love for bizzare and colorful images. Since then they are recognized as one of the premier names to come out of Israel’s scene, and have been touring the globe exhibiting and painting the streets.

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THE HUMAN CONDITION BY PANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Pang lives and works in London, painting both in the studio and around the city. Most of her work can be found in London, and she has painted walls in Rome, Lisbon, Paris, Vienna, Palermo, Marrakech, Ibiza, Seville and Poznan.

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Exploring themes of psychology, mass social behavior and the human condition, her work contains a grisly, humorous narrative that vividly expresses her morbidly curious nature, and the more awkward questions regarding social facade, the inner-self and humanity’s constant struggle between the two.

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PERSONAL TRUTH BY FAITH47

by Ariadna Zierold

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Faith47 is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who has been applauded for her ability to resonate with people around the world. Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.

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Using a wide range of media intended for gallery settings, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate, including found and rescued objects, shrine construction, painting, projection mapping, video installation, printmaking and drawings.

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ORGANIC SURROUNDINGS BY PAOLA BECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and Mexican painter of Germanic descent Paola Beck spent the first 11 years of her life in Hockenheim, a tiny town in southern Germany. She studied under the Waldorf system, a pedagogical program based on artistic teaching in its different applications.

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Beck’s main source of inspiration are the natural elements, such as plants and animals that always create an organic link with the human being. The artist is involved in different projects that focus on the revitalization of public spaces, as she perceives art as the main tool to engage in an awareness dialogue with people, leading them with her unique style to gradually fall in love with her surroundings.

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CHILDLIKE VIBRANCY BY MINA HAMADA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artist Mina Hamada is an expert in creating imagination fuelled masterpieces, full of vibrancy and color. Born in Louisiana USA, grew up in Tokyo, and currently works out of Barcelona. This had a great influence on her interest in street art and she began experimenting with large scale artworks and murals.

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Her work has a great childlike element to it, an escape from the ordinary and an invitation into the mind of a truly creative spirit.

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AFRO-BRAZILIAN FOLKLORE BY STEPHAN DOITSCHINOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Street artist Stephan Doitschinoff aka Calma is an itinerant painter and muralist in Brazil. In his work, Doitschinoff expresses his interest in Afro-Brazilian folklore and religious traditions, primarily the blending of Christian and African ritual practices. He fills his delicate paintings with alchemic and pagan symbolism, Latin text, and pichação, the graffiti writing unique to São Paulo.

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THOUGHT PROVOKING MURALS BY NEMO’S

by Ariadna Zierold

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NemO’s is a street artist based in Italy. He works across multiple mediums, including illustration, digital design, spray paint and old newspaper pasted to walls. He is known for his thought-provoking, dark comedy murals inhabited by characteristic human figures.

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He paints skeletons as a base of his murals, which are then covered with layers of old newspapers. This newsprint skin erodes and peels off over time, revealing the innards of his creations underneath. In such way, the artist creates evolving and living art pieces, a proof and exploration of the fleeting nature of street art.

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ROBUST STYLE BY LAUREN YS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the urban art sphere, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art. Since graduating in 2013, Lauren has dedicated herself to creating large-scale works of public art that aim to bring a sense of vibrancy, wonder and positive uplift to every community she approaches.

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TYPE FACES BY SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Samuel Rodriguez is a San José, California based artist whose work has shown in public art spaces, museums, companies, galleries, internet, and editorial publications. Rodriguez was self-taught for a number of years through graffiti until he later pursued a Bachelor in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.

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He has since blended what he absorbed from both opportunities to create his current aesthetic. Rodriguez is known for two kinds of portrait styles that he calls, “Topographical Portraiture” and “Type Faces”.  Topographical Portraits, are made by stylizing a portrait with topographical lines and shapes in a similar manner to those found through images on geographic maps. Type Faces, incorporate typography and portraiture. Rodriguez developed these techniques in order to explore his interest in social, historic, and cultural hybridity.

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