ORGANIC APPROACH BY KLONE

by Ariadna Zierold

klone, klone yourself, tel aviv, israel, street art, mural, murals, upper playground

Klone currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.

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Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work.

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FLUID CHARACTERS BY JOSE MERTZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miami based artist Jose Mertz is an illustrator/street artist who focuses on pushing an experimental original style with inspirations coming from ancient civilizations and their teachings, science fiction, Eastern philosophy, dreams, myth and the supernatural, expressing his vision about the human condition.

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Mertz takes us to the deepest realms of the mind, reveals the complexity of human emotions, deconstructs and reconstructs his fluid characters and opens the door to new dimensions and endless possibilities of perceiving and interacting with our inner and surrounding reality.

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HARD EDGE METHOD BY HUEMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

hueman, mural, street art, oakland, abstract, figurative, upper playground

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

broken fingaz, unga, israel, street art, mural, haifa, graffiti, upper playground

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

pang, street art, mural, painting, london, social, mass behavior, human, faces, upper playground

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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CHILDLIKE VIBRANCY BY MINA HAMADA

by Ariadna Zierold

mina hamada, mural, street art, painting, colorful, vibrant, abstract, barcelona, upper playground

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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STREET ART WORK BY ROOT RISES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edgar Eden Vargas, better known as Root Rises, is an artist originally from Puebla, but currently lives in Mexico City. His work ranges from design, illustration, painting and street art.

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“When I started, all my work was characterized by having organic roots and elements with positive messages and ideas, that is why the combination of root and ascending words, which together are opposite because the roots are supposed to grow upwards and well that seemed original and funny.” Root Rises

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AFRO-BRAZILIAN FOLKLORE BY STEPHAN DOITSCHINOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

stephan doitschinoff, street art, brazil, mural, muralist, calma, folklore, alchemy, pagan, upper playground

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

nemos, mural, street art, italy, newspaper, human, comedy, upper playground

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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