Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz (previously here and here) brings incredible detail to the large-scale animals and humans he paints, producing murals that illustrate those both living and dead. Alien lifeforms, tentacles, and dried bone are all created from thousands of tiny brushstrokes, each separate element merging together to produce enchanting scenes. Many of his works are created entirely freehand, with Diaz working line by line to meticulous paint his hybrid creatures.
“I feel like having an intimate conversation between the wall, the surrounding space and me,” said Diaz to WideWalls. “I put elements together like in a puzzle until the moment of mutual understanding.”
Diaz’s work was recently included in the group exhibition “Freedom as Form” at Wunderkammern in Milan. You can see more of his intricate murals and sketches on his Instagram and Facebook. (via Cross Connect Magazine)
In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of the humble honey bee, New York-based artist Matt Willey founded the Good of the Hive Initiative, an ambitious project to personally paint 50,000 bees in murals around the world. The number itself isn’t arbitrary, it takes about that many bees to sustain a healthy beehive. So far Willey has completed 7 murals including a large piece at the Burt’s Bees headquarters, and he keeps meticulous notes about the number of bees in each piece which he shares on his website.
For more info you can read an interview with the artist at the Center for Humans and Nature website, and follow his progress on Instagram. And for more bee-centric murals, also check out London-based artist Louis Masai Michel’s similar Save the Bees project. (thnx, Laura!)
Here’s a fun piece by Penao that appeared last year in Barcelona. The artist utilized windows and holes in the side of an abandoned building to create a maniacal face. The mural is part of the Murs Lliures project that helps pair artists with available urban spaces for the creation of public art. If you liked this, also check out more facade faces by Nomerz. (via StreetArtNews, Digerible)
Interacting with the urban architecture of international cities he visits, street artist Ernest Zacharevic (previously here and here) playfully intervenes with structures of both large and small scale. These site-specific works often feature children— either climbing buildings or playing make-believe with abandoned tractors, paper boats, and rusted piping. Zacharevic’s latest interventions have taken him across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, making stops in Iceland, Norway, and Poland.
“Zacharevic sees his work as an experience rather than an object,” said Pow! Wow! Long Beach who recently curated his work into the multi-media exhibition “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension.” “He takes time to study the audience as much as the subjects of his work. Directing the possible encounters of the people who see his work and the artwork is a game and a challenge that he enjoys.”
“Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” runs through October 16, 2016 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. You can see more of his worldwide murals and interventions on his Instagram and website. (via Street Art Utopia)
Netherlands-based artists Super A (previously) and Collin van der Sluijs (previously) teamed up earlier this year to paint this phenomenal mural titled Starling on the side of a residential building in Berlin. The 137-foot-tall mural piece depicts a large bird whose ornate chest is comprised of a dense patchwork of glistening jewels and plants. Starling was created at the invitation of Urban Nation as part of the One Wall Mural Project. All photos by Nika Kramer. (via StreetArtNews, BerlijnBlog.nl, Urban Nation)
Artist Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) creates murals of brightly colored mandala-like patterns using little more than strategically placed bursts of spray paint. By layering consecutive rings he turns flat walls into tunnels of color, several of which he completed recently at POW! WOW! D.C. You can see many more of his murals here. (via Tu Recepcja)