Whether it serves a political purpose or simply brightens up the neighbourhood, street art transforms buildings, provokes reactions and gets people talking. From towering photo-realistic figures to abstract 3D sculptures, here are 15 of the best street artists causing a stir across the globe.
NEVERCREW /// Switzerland
This Swiss duo create typically dreamlike characters in psychedelic colours, a comment on the relationship between humans and nature.
Bordallo II /// Portugal
This street artist from Lisbon creates huge 3D murals from bits of rubbish, usually at odds with the creatures and nature he illustrates.
Matt W Moore /// United States
Matt W. Moore is a multidisclipinary artist known for his geometric aerosol murals that celebrate form and colour on a massive scale.
Peeta /// Italy
Using sculptural elements and a various shading techniques, combines traditional lettering and three dimensional style to create a visual rhythm.
Olek /// United Kingdom
Polish-born, New York-based artist Olek creates conversational work that creates and shapes a dialogue between her art and its observers.
Replete /// United Kingdom
This F-15 origami fighter jet is made from dollar bills and was created by the artist onto clingfilm, to look like it is hovering.
44 Flavours /// Germany
44 Flavours are a Berlin based duo who’s work takes the form of murals, posters, painting and sculpture. They cite a combination of teamwork and creative chaos as their recipe for success.
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Blu /// Italy
The anonymous street artist Blu’s work encompasses the architectural elements of whatever he is painting. His work is defined by a minimalist colour palette and strong anti-capitalist message.
SpY /// Spain
SpY challenges the perception of street art by using ordinary urban elements in unusual ways, to ironic effect.
Supermundane /// United Kingdom
Rob Lowe aka Supermundane is known for his distinctive use of colour, simplicity and composition. This mural at Leeds train station is 14 metres long and features transparent areas so you can see the tracks behind.
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P183 /// Russia
Dubbed the ‘Russian Banksy’, P183 caught the attention of the media with this terrfiying Normez Monster House.
Marcos Navarro /// Basque Country
Influenced by nature and urban subcultures, Marcos Navarro’s colourful mural is inspired by the Plateinae, an iconic bird of the ecologic Park Plaiaundi.
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ROA /// Belgium
This Belgian street artist is known for his distinctive illustrations of local wildlife. He typically uses a limited colour pallette, but the image below is of a collaboration with Argentine street artist Ever.
Agostino Iacurci /// Russia
This giant piece of contemporary street art is by Italian artist Agostino Iacurci in his signature style of synthetic forms and bright, block colours.
Haas & Hahn /// Brazil
Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn transformed one of the city’s impoverished favelas in the centre of Rio de Janiero with their colourful wall murals, in celebration of community and cooperation.
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