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Twenty-something self-taught Chicago street artist Vicente Jasso has been widely recognised for his controversial artworks painted on the walls of Little Village and Pilsen. Though originally working in mixed media on canvas, he’s now graduated to bigger and more prolific works in public. His handiworks include Mexican revolutionary “Emiliano Zapata” as a rebel Jedi with a lightsabre, NARC agents shooting at Super Mario and Abraham Lincoln wearing a Dr Seuss hat. His stencil and wheat-pasted works,  said to be inspired by Banksy, Blek le Rat, and Picasso, depict his opinions on immigration, political corruption and gang violence in Europe and throughout the world. He’s not always the easiest artist to come across, but lately he’s been making headlines and there’s something about his mixture of cartoon and real life that portrays the message of how ridiculous and detached from reality a lot of the senseless murderers and greedy politicians of this world are, that opens an avenue for dialogue.

To read more about him, check out this article.

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Stitched PanoramaIn 1963, 28 year old Cuban architect Hilario Candela designed a 6,566 seat stadium specifically created for the presentation of world class water sports, at a cost of around $2 million. On the day it opened, a famous speed boat racer, James Tapp, was killed during a race, which didn’t bode well for the stadium’s karma. Regardless, it thrived for many years, and even evolved in the 70’s to include concerts and other sporting events like boxing as part of it’s purpose. Then Hurricane Andrew hit. On September 18th, of 1992, it was finally declared unsafe under the Miami-Dade County building code. Since that time, it has been overtaken by graffiti artists and photographers alike, due to it’s prime location and panoramic view of the city of Miami. On April 28th, in 2009, it was listed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. And on April 18th, 2012, the American Institute of Architects added it to the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places list.

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Bored hit the city of Chicago with some really innovative street art in the summer of 2012 that pretty much put the anonymous artist on the “must see” list of up and comers. His public installations mostly revolved around an interesting spin on the popular board game Monopoly, with stacks of plywood Chance cards bolted to the sidewalks and foot-tall little green plastic houses and dice in interesting locations, as well as painting sidewalks to look like property cards. His quirky approach is a direct reply to the lack of three-dimensional art in the greater Chicago area, since the city is mostly overrun by two-dimension-driven graffiti artists.

Since these installations were created, many people have now painted over the cards with fresh, and often hilarious content. If you’re lucky enough to live in or visit Chicago, they’re well worth hunting down to have a look-see.

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Internationally-reknowned graffiti master Stinkfish isn’t interested in the art world. His feet are firmly planted in the realm and purpose of graffiti – to vandalize an object is to subvert an underlying agenda.  The bulk of his work revolves around the people who live in the areas where he works. He wanders the streets, photographing the people that pique his interest without their knowledge. Then he translates their essence into a singular work, never to be reproduced again. Like snowflakes – like humans, really – they are all independent and characteristic of themselves, and exist nowhere else in time and space.

Born in Mexico City, and currently residing in Bogotá, Colombia, the busy urban environment is where he dwells. Surrounded by chaos and crowds he draws inspiration from everything around him.  Evolving out of trial and error, he focuses his efforts on illegal surfaces – permission walls have no business being a part of his execution. He likes them to be clearly visible, accessible to all, and most notably, located next to something you are forced to look at every day, such as a street sign.

His approach is pure expression. Bold explosions of bright colours and patterning – almost psychedelic – with an untamed style that is both random and well-thought-out. No two works are alike, and he continues to grow and adapt to each piece as he delves deeper into experimentation.

His work can be seen all over the world, most notably in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Holland, Austria and Nepal.

To see more, check out his website. Or view his Flickr gallery.

There’s also a great interview with Stinkfish on Bombing Science’s website that’s worth reading.

Check him out in action:
AMSTERDAM // HOLLAND // June 2013

OFFPROJECT Presents: Stinkfish

ALMA INK x Saks & Stinkfish // 2013

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Belgian artist, graphic designer and DJ PSOMAN (aka Arnaud Vanderkerken), hails from Liège. I couldn’t find a whole hell of a lot of information about him, so I’ll let his work do all the talking today…

If you’d like to see more, check out his website, Albalianza.

His work is also on Tumblr.

And check out his mixes on Mixcloud.

Also check out this video, featuring PSOMAN at the Festival de Liège in 2013.

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Lisbon-based urban “scrapffiti” artist Bordalo II is a master of creating compelling work from the refuse of the streets that surround him. Using a myriad of media to express his ideas, he interprets the city landscape in a whirlwind of assemblage that is as deeply rooted in chaos as it is in harmony and balance with the world around him. Not only is he recycling the trash around him, he is also providing commentary on his perception of how we live. He believes that though we have beautiful objects, they are often based on garbage, and we never really perceive that aspect.

His talent grew from a love of learning from his grandfather, who was a prolific Portugese painter, most known for his depictions of the streets of Lisbon. Having absorbed so much from his elder, he has evolved into a more modern version of his legacy. And he still has lots of time to grow…

Check out his website to see more amazing work. [Note: it still might be under construction]

“Like” him on Facebook and see his progress. He’s got lots of cool stuff posted all the time.

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French street artist Hopare has an amazing grasp on can control and incorporates a serious dose of futurism in his work. His images are dynamic and burst forth from whatever he’s painting on with an intense feeling of dramatic energy and resistance to finite boundaries. Lately he’s been moving from letter-based work towards more of an emphasis on themes involving characters and a strong sense of narrative flow. Having already graced the walls of many cities worldwide, he continues to travel around the globe spreading his vibe in the form of diverse and majestic large-scale murals.

Hopare was also part of a huge mural installation in Paris, on the Champs Elysees. Check out some of the photos of him at work.

To see more of his incredible work, visit his website.

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