Street graffiti today represents the bold new frontier for modern artists. Its a merging of the respected renaissance art tradition of realism and artistic impact, with the often despised graffiti-fication of our city's spaces. Here we profile 10 such pieces that bring class, and renaissance flair to the approachable, democratic (and 2000 year old) tradition of street art.
Edgar Muller & Manfred Stader
The dynamic duo of Muller and Stader have won many awards for the artwork and even teach street painting at various universities. The specialise in anamorphic street painting. Below is a promotional piece they did for SMART cars.
An english artist, nicknamed "The Pavement Picasso", and his sidewalk chalk drawings have been a viral hit on the internet. Julian too is a master of the anamorphic technique which he uses to full effect here in rendering this amazing rendition of a laptop.
Kurt specialises in turning renaissance classics into street art, and aims to reinvent and revitalise classicism for the new age, and inspires others to take to both street art, and traditional painting techniques. He has invented his own pictorial geometry meant to overcome the distortion that occurs while viewing downwards onto the street. As can be seen below, it is clearly a technique that works very well.
Better known as Banksy, he is one fo the most well known and respected street graffitii artists around the world, he combines traditional graffitti techniques with stencling techniques.
He has been practicing street art with chalk for more than 20 years, and loves to make images that pop out of the street. He gets a kick out of the reactions people have to his 3-D images.
A spanish artist, who uses the anamorphic technique to bring the sidewalks of spain alive with scenes for storybooks with his illustrative and comic styles of painting.
The most abstract artist on this list, Greg brown paints images that are open to interpretation, and are meant to make the passing pedestrian think. His themes include everything from construction equipment to miniature ships.
A German artist and one of the most highly sought after graffiti artists in the world, Daim creates 3D pop graffiti on walls, canvas vehicles, as well as animation and sculpture.
A professional graphic designer and illustrator. His murals appear to pop out of the walls he turns into his amazing woks of art.
Tracy Lee Stum
Tracy holds the Guiness record for the largest street painting by a single individual. A very curious and diverse artist, her themes vary from mythical to esoteric. She has been featured around the world for the sheer mastery in her work.