German street art duo Hera and Akut of Herakut have been traveling the world since 2004, filling canvases and walls with their collaborative form of painting. Each piece offers a glimpse into a character or scene, usually accompanied by a bit of text providing a bit of context or perhaps further intrigue. Their creative process begins with Hera setting each figure’s form and proportions, while Akut fills in the photorealistic details. Via Vertical Gallery:
Hera is a classically trained painter who creates gestural, emotional figures in a freestyle manner using numerous tools including spray cans, brushes, and her hands. Akut is a self-taught painter who is skilled in creating hyper-realistic images of animals and flesh using only a spray can. What initially seemed like an unlikely pairing both conceptually and technically has since become one of the foremost collaborations in urban art and an innovative presence in contemporary painting.
Seen here is just a slight glimpse into their work over the last few years, you can see much more on Facebook and on their website. Herakut most recently had a solo show at Zara Gallery in Jordan, and in July, Hera had a solo show titled “Where do we go from Hera?” at Vertical Gallery in Chicago. (via StreetArtNews)
Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giogino, also known as Millo (previously), is known for his site-specific street murals that adorn buildings with a cast of curious characters painted in primarily black and white. Millo adds subtle color to his works, highlighting hearts, thermometers, and vegetation with shades of red and green. His most recent mural (seen above) is titled In Bloom and was painted in Milan. You can see more of his murals on his website, and on Facebook.
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)