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New Book Collects ROA's Black-and-White Creatures in Photographs from Around the World

December 11, 2019

Grace Ebert

All photographs © ROA, shared with permission. Atlanta, Georgia, United States Those unable to experience the black-and-white murals of Belgian artist ROA (previously) in person can admire photographs of his works in the recently published Codex. Released by Lannoo Publishers, the 352-page book contains four chapters centered on Eurasia, Africa, America, and Oceania, regions where ROA’s depictions of local animals blanket building walls. The photographs portray a snake wound around itself, six different species perched on vertical ledges, and an alligator on its back with its tail scaling a fire escape. ROA works directly on the building, foregoing sketches and…

 

 



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Metazoa: Mixed-Media Cabinets by 'ROA' Reveal the Hidden Anatomy of Animals

April 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Composition II: Lutrinate, Salmonidae, Anguilliformes Belgian artist ROA (previously) just opened his first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC titled Metazoa. The new series of mixed media works feature the artist’s familiar black and white depictions of animals painted on various cabinet-like furniture pieces that can be opened or shifted to reveal anatomical details. ROA often chooses to depict animals native to where he is working, specifically species that have been forced from their native habitats and now live on the outskirts of urban areas. Here’s a comment about ROA’s decision to depict the beaver, New York’s state…

 

 



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Fun New Murals by ROA Utilize Tunisia's Domed Architecture

August 1, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Belgian street artist ROA (previously) is currently in Tunisia along with 150 other participating artists for Galerie Itinerrance’s Djerbahood open air museum project in Djerba, Tunisia. The artist cleverly took advantage of the many domed buildings in the city for several of his monochromatic spray paint murals that spread across multiple surfaces. You can see more recent pieces on the Djerbahood website. (via Savage Habit, Street Art News)…

 

 



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Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz

April 9, 2014

Johnny Waldman

…At just 25 years of age, Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) has risen to be amongst the top ranks of world-renowned street artists like Banksy and ROA. Aryz was born in Palo Alto but moved back to Spain when he was just three. He began painting (in the form of graffiti) as a teenager, and his style evolved – in part, from his art studies in college – to what it is today. Bones are a recurring motif in the artist’s work, and so are skin-like muted colors. “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I…

 

 



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New Environmental Street Art by ROA

December 9, 2013

Johnny Waldman

photo © ROA photo © Jaime Rojo/BrooklynStreetArt.com photo © Jaime Rojo/BrooklynStreetArt.com photo © Jaime Rojo/BrooklynStreetArt.com photo © Jaime Rojo/BrooklynStreetArt.com photo © ROA photo © ROA photo © ROA photo © ROA photo © ROA It’s hard to keep up with Belgian street artist ROA (previously here and here), who has been bringing his spray-painted monochromatic depictions of animals to all corners of the globe. This year he’s been to Portugal, Austria, Canada and the U.K. (just to name a few), and then to the U.S. “I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim…

 

 



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Lenticular Street Art by Roa

April 15, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Back in 2009 artist Roa (previously here and here) painted this amazing lenticular street artwork on Curtain Road in London. Depending on the angle of viewing the art shifts between the fuzzy exterior of a rabbit to an illustrated interior of its circulatory system, a trick he used late last year here in Chicago to pretty gruesome effect. You can see much more of Roa’s work over on Flickr which seems to be updated most frequently. (via twisted sifter)…

 

 

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