Each month, Street Art Today selects the seven most stunning murals of the past month. This month: Peeta creates his optical illusions in Germany, Nomad Clan celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pichiavo homages the God of the Sea and more. The list is in a random order.
Italian graffiti artist Peeta has transformed yet another building with his anamorphic art during the Stadt-Wand-Kunst urban art project in Mannheim. Despite his background in graffiti (he is active since the 1990s and represents crews with the likes of the Italian EAD and New York’s FX Crew and RWK), today Peeta only uses acrylics and brushes to create his characteristic optical illusions.
Photo by Peeta
#2 NOMAD CLAN
Nomad Clan duo painted this mural in New York City as part of the Worldpride mural project. The initiatives promotes the creation of murals that reflect and honor the beauty, struggle, and strides of the LGBTQIA+ community. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots. The artwork is titled “Hart Island”, which is the burial place of people who have not been claimed by their families, including thousands of AIDS victims.
Photo by Nomad Clan
Edouard and Louis (a.k.a. Monkeybird) have been stencilling together since when they met at the Design School in Bordeaux. Their creative process, which is more similar to ancient craftmanships than graffiti, is inspired by Art Nouveau and similar arts and craft movements from the 19th century. In between illuminated manuscripts and stained glass, their large-scale stencil artworks are mostly black-and-white. However, in this piece painted for MIAU Festival in Fanzara (Spain) also the warm background of the wall plays an important role.
Photo by Monkeybird
Pichiavo is a duo from Valencia that is well-known for their ongoing dialogue between graffiti and fine arts, with a specific interest in Greco-Roman classic statues and mythological Gods. At Grenoble Street Art festival, they painted Poseidon (the God of the sea) watching over the Alps mountain. As usual, their evanescent God melts with a colorful background made of tags.
Photo by Pichiavo
Greek street artist INO painted yet another mural of his monochromatic series where the black trait, which recalls charcoal drawings, is splashed with light blue. In this mural we see a young girl’s face glued to a laptop open on the floor; an imaginary yet significant tie that the artist stressed with his iconic touch of blue.
Photo by INO
After having taken part to Besançon’s Bien Urbain festival in 2011 and 2012, Hyuro was back this year as the co-curator of the project. She also gifted the French city with yet another stunning mural, which she titled “About occupying space”. She painted one of her recurring subjects, a female figure, as part of her broader project of representing all nuances of feminility on walls all around the world.
Photo by David Demougeot
#7 YOUNG JARUS
Canadian artist Emmanuel Jarus has just completed this mural in Brandon (Manitoba, Canada). It shows his amazing skills in photo-realistic portraits of the people he meets as well as in depiction of instants of everyday life. Realized with a style that recalls oil paintings, Young Jarus’ murals are recognizable for the painterly quality of his stroke.
Photo by Young Jarus