Today's Daily Dirty Diary


Amidst all the controversy and criticism surrounding Banksy’s month long residence in New York City, one thing is certain — street artists are arguably as relevant today as they have ever been. Popularized by the art boom of the early 1980′s, New York based artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat introduced the concept to the mainstream art world, although graffiti had already been a prominent part of the New York City landscape for many years. The movement revolutionized the way we experienced and interpreted art.

Dirty decided to feature a list of street artists from all over the world, who exemplify the creative audacity of the medium today:

(ABOVE) Swoon’s most notable works include life-size human forms that she creates from recycled newsprint paper. The process takes her weeks to paint and cut out each figure in her studio, and once the forms are complete, she takes them to the streets of New York and glues them to the side of buildings. The creations are not as permanent as spray paint, but they stay around for a long time. In time, the art works eventually either flake or rot away.

An Italian artist, Agositno Iacurci creates bright multi-layered images, used either for drawings and etchings or for big murals, taking inspiration from every day life and playing with synthetic shapes, bright colors and open titles.

Producing work mainly in Argentina, Martin Ron’s hyper realistic murals are exceptional in the scale, technique and subject matter. He paints impossible situations that give the impression that they are happening in real life.

Berlin based artist, VERMIBUS collects advertising posters from the streets, using them in his studio as the base material for his work. There, a process of transformation begins. Using solvent, he brushes away the faces and flesh of the models appearing in the posters as well as the brand logos. Once this evolution is complete, he then reintroduces the adverts back into their original context, hijacking the publicity, and its purpose.

Instead of pushing a political agenda, the New York based Aakash Nihalani encourages his audiences to abandon inhibition and and playfully engage in the treasures of the city. He uses vibrant colored tape and cardboard to invent new spaces which challenge New Yorkers’ tunnel vision and adopt a new perspective towards the city.

Based in Spain, Xuan Alyfe creates vibrant, large scale murals. His sophisticated color palette coupled with geometric black and white renderings are highly unique compositions.

Liqen grew up in the industrial city of Vigo, Spain. The themes of his murals are creatures from the Earth’s depths, the animal kingdom, and nature.

Producing work since the 1990’s, Jaz began working in the streets of Buenos Aires. As his career has evolved, Jaz began experimenting with figurative pieces inspired by Argentine culture, concentrating on murals that were accessible to the public.

From Valencia Spain, Escif injects an ironic sense of humor in his murals, questioning political and social movements. According to him, the street is, “A place where all of us are other people, where no one is a god or a slave, where the water boils unheated and the weeds grow brazenly.”

Stanislava Pinchuk a.k.a. Miso, heavily inspired by the structured geometric and patterns of the Sezessionstil aesthetic. She counts painter, Gustav Klimt, as one her biggest inspirations. This Melbourne based artist uses uses paint and wheatpaste to conjour defined bodies and eye-catching patterns.

From Sheffield, England, Phlegm is known for his larger than life and bizarre black and white creatures. He is now painting all over the world, recently being invited to The Wall where he composed a work inspired by a scene from Where the Wild Things Are.



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