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Ten Top…Global Street Artists

The below feature highlights ten graffiti artists from across the world who have made a name for themselves in their home countries, gained recognition internationally and are fast securing their position in graffiti history.

10. Aakash Nihalani (New York, USA)

“Take one look at the work of Aakash Nihalani and you will see the essence of what art is: the ability to catch someone’s attention at a moment’s notice. Nihalani uses bright, bold lines at the forefront of all of his art as a means of visually creating 3D images on two-dimensional surfaces. The repetition of isometric squares and rectangles becomes visually pleasing to the eye, conveying complexities such as movement and space by something so simple as the placement of a line”. For further information on Aakash, see:

9. Ludo (Paris, France)

“Ludo is a Parisian street artist who loves to create graphics and wheat pasting.  He is based in France, but his work has been seen in Paris, London, Italy, New York, and many other cities. His street art includes a speciality of street poster art that can be applied into walls quickly and effectively as wheat paste. Like most street artists, it is very difficult to find any personal information about him”. For further information on Ludo, see

8. Anthony Lister (Brisbane, Australia)

“Anthony Lister loves controversy, and we can’t help but applaud him for incorporating the innate sense of life’s chaos into his works. He makes what may seem to be questionable issues relatable through his art, often inciting intentional debate amongst viewers. He also puts a clever spin on matters that are initially seen as conventional and mundane, modernizing past themes and making them functional for his current audience”. For further information on Anthony, see

7. INTI (Valparaiso, Chile)

“INTI takes his name from the Incan sun god and the Quechua word for ‘the Sun’ as homage to his Chilean roots. His huge murals often contain themes of life, death, ancient religion and Christianity, all drawn together with one or two strange characters. INTI proudly flaunts South America’s rich cultural history in the face of globalised capitalism, whilst still addressing Chile’s problems of poverty and their rocky recent history”. For further information on INTI, see

6. Shepard Fairey (New York, USA)

“Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential street artists of our time. Shepard Fairey’s work has been used in screen-prints, stencils, stickers, masking film illustrations, wheat paste, collages, sculptures, posters, paintings, and murals. Shepard Fairey enjoys working with the colors black, white, and red. Fairey has constantly shifted between the realms of fine art, commercial art, street art, and even political art. His most famous art includes images of Andre the Giant, the Obey trademark, the propaganda poster of Barack Obama, and many more”.  For further information on Shepard, see

5. Yok (Perth, Australia)

“Yok is originally from a small suburb near Perth, Australia. He moved to New York a few years back but he often travels back to Australia. However, it was in the suburb of Perth that he began his droopy-eyed drawings. More precisely, these were created in a salty sea shack. Soon after, he developed a love and passion for loopy moustaches, seaworthy beards, and potato headed gargoyles.”. For further information on Yok, see

4. El Mac (Los Angeles, USA)

“Born in Los Angeles, the influence of El Mac’s Mexican and Chicano culture is written all throughout his creations. The use of both bright and dark colors gives him the ability to capture the true essence of the individual he is portraying. By incorporating additional methods such as acrylics and brush on canvas, he masterfully delves into his preferred technique of black and white photorealism to convey the human subject he is studying.”. For more information on El Mac see

3. Aryz (Barcelona, Spain)

“This young artist is slowly but surely becoming a household name. Aryz creates stunning, intricately detailed works using spray paint and paint rollers, and that’s not all—Aryz is also an illustrator. Aryz enjoys using classic street art tools such as brushes, spray paint, rollers, and more. He enjoys painting in abandoned factories because people avoid bothering him there. These factories often offer a perfect location due to their huge walls and varied surfaces. Aryz attributes his skill as a painter to aerosols because that was the method that he used primarily to practice”. For further information on Aryz, see

2. Vhils (Lisbon, Portugal)

“Alexandre Farto (Also known as Vhils) was born in 1987 in Portugal. He grew up in the outskirts of Lisbon. He studied at the University of the Arts in London, Central Saint Martins, and Byam Shaw Fine Art Skills and Practices. He was raised in Portugal, during a period that was deeply affected by the revolution at the time. It was then that he witnessed much destruction and the effects of the war on the walls. The Carnation Revolution of 1974 affected the outskirts of Lisbon and other parts of Portugal”. For further information on Vhils, see

1. Eduardo Kobra (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

“The continuously evolving kaleidoscope that is Eduardo Kobra’s art is certainly something to take note of. Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra utilizes bright colours and bold lines while staying true to a kaleidoscope theme throughout his art. The technique of repeating squares and triangles allows him to bring to life the famous people he depicts in his images. This checkered pattern, filled with different textures, lines, and shading, builds up to Eduardo Kobra’s final masterpiece, a larger than life mural for all to see and marvel at”. For further information on Eduardo, see


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