Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Leo and Pipo

Street Artist Biography

Wheat Pasting

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Leo & Pipo have created some truly memorable and unforgettable wheat-paste art and collages. Leo & Pipo were not always engaged in artistic projects. As a matter of fact, they made music for a while before they were really involved in the art scene. It was not until May 2008 that they decided to create their first piece in Paris. As with most artists, this was not as successful as expected.
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Intrigued by the 1920's, 1940's, and 1950's, Leo & Pipo went on to continue creating these collages in a different manner. They approached their street art project with an innovating mind and combined old photographs with modern design and backgrounds. With this unique idea came progressive meaning and observations on to the urban scene. Family also means much to Leo & Pipo, in fact, most of their photographs revolved around a old family, friends, and flea market pictures. The individuals involved in the photographs are not necessarily important or known.

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The locations chosen by these artists are nothing special. Of course, Leo & Pipo always try chose new locations- locations which do not have previous artist interaction. Their work is precise and clever, often symbolizing the freedom to create and to "naturally" blend in the characters with their surroundings. The destruction of a previous piece is always inevitable. Some paste-ups last anywhere from a couple of days before they are either vandalized or removed, while other wheat-pastings may last up to a few years. This all depends on the circumstance and both artists believe once the piece is placed and pasted on to a wall then it will then belong to the streets.

As for their work being promoted, well Leo & Pipo prefer to discreetly release and paste a piece without quite promoting it. Therefore, once found, those individuals can feel the proud sensation and joy of discovering the new work of art.

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Source: streetartparis.org/blog/2012/05/16/interview-leo-pipo/

Leo & Pipo’s Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoandpipo/
Leo & Pipo’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leo-Pipo/143959518993919

Monday, December 17, 2012


Street Artist Biography

Stencils and Installations

Perhaps the most famous stencil artist in the world, Banksy, has created a subculture of its own in the street art field. Not only does his work include many powerful images, which are often controversial, but they may also be seen through-out the internet as viral images.

His most common form of street art are stencils. These are often multi-layered stencils and/or combined with other media sources such as spray-paint. However, he will also include just about anything found in the streets like street signs and other objects to convey his message.

Very little is known about this artists, since he refuses to be interviewed and keeps his identity low-key. However, his work of art is often satirical and combine dark-humor with graffiti. World-renown mystery man, Banksy has risen to one of the world's greatest street artist by creating an urge to understand his character. Street art fanatics are constantly satisfied with each and every piece of art he delivers, though he mainly leaves them wanting more. This often carries one's curiosity to a complete new perspective or idea.

Source: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

Friday, December 14, 2012


Street Artist Biography| C215

Murals and Stencils

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When we say stencil, we automatically think Banksy. However, most of us forget that color wise, there is no one like C215. Born Christian Guémy, C215 has swiftly moved in to the top 3 stencil artists in the world. This street artist is based out of Paris, France, but he has traveled through-out the world multiple times. His work can be seen worldwide and usually focuses on face portraits of random faces he meets in public. Not only is he a master of his art, but the French artist also performs on a variety of different media art and installations such as wood and canvas. C215 murals and stencils can be seen through-out the internet as a very popular street art search trend.

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C215 has been involved in graffiti art for around 20 years, he is definitely considered one of the top veterans still in the game. His entire focus on creating portraits for individuals such as elders, beggars children, refugees and others is based on the desire to present and draw attention to those we often forget to recognize in life. Overall, there is little match to the unique style presented like C215 murals and stencils.
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Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/C215/151888344535


Street Artist Biography


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Lately there has been much buzz about a street artist by the name of Aryz. Originally from Barcelona Spain, this young artist's name has slowly but surely become a household name. Aryz prefers to paint simply to paint, his passion for art and fun are his motivation. In fact, he is unsure of what to call his art. People often define it as graffiti, while others consider it street art. He acknowledges the fact that he prefers to create large character murals- and by this he really means LARGE! This quickly earns him a spot with some of the best muralists.

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Aryz is a very influential character throughout the globe. His presence has helped break various barriers and has earned him a spot with the very best. He has painted through various parts of Europe including Spain, Poland, Italy, and other location. His work is not limited to full-scale building size murals since he is constantly working on studio work and screen-printing as well. People often compare his work to those of ETAM CRU-truly amazing muralists.
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Source: http://www.aryz.es/

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Street Artist Biography

Wheat Pasting and Photography

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Who could of ever imagined that photography could be installed into streets? Well street artist JR did just the unimaginable by combining the two. Born in France on February 22, 1983, JR was just another average teenager with a passion for graffiti. However, it was not until he found a camera on the subway that his perception on street art change.

Currently, his most common method to create street art is through the use of wheat pasting and gigantic mono photographs.
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This artist combines powerful social statements through large portraits and murals. Not only has he won a TED Prize in the past, but he is also often compared to other politically charged art works. His art work is just one simple wish to change the world one step at a time.

His work of art brings forward common everyday materials to the light. Often introducing those who are unfortunate in the world and others who are often overseen.
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Source: http://www.jr-art.net/

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Street Artist Biography


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Artist Andrea Michaelsson is better known through her street artist name of Btoy. She was born in 1977 in Barcelona, Spain. Her artistic education primarily was achieved through Institute of the Photographic Studies of Barcelona. She is best known for creating extremely fine detailed stencils.

Btoy primarily began focusing on street art around 2002. It was by then that she began to notice her love working and improvising with a variety of art mediums. These variation of techniques led Btoy to create sensational stencil pieces. The street art stencils often portray the importance of women and famous portraits. Most of these women are female icons from the 1950's, often depicted through powerful brush strokes combined with very acute stencil lines.

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Click for more pictures from Btoy.

Source: http://www.btoy.es/