Street art originated in Philadelphia in the United States in the 60s. This was due to the momentum of artists such as Cornbread and Cool Earl. This art style has been looked down upon for years. This art form consists of wall markings, public transportation, and buildings. Street art, however, managed to win the hearts of many artists. Today, some street art can be valued at millions of dollars and are well-known works of art.
The main goal of street art is to make this art accessible and visible to a large number of people, as a way to convey a deeper meaning and make people think. Now we are going to present the 10 most famous pieces of street art in the world!
Bambi, Don’t Shoot
This work of contemporary art is made by the famous British artist nicknamed Bambi. People call her “the female Banksy” because she worked anonymously. The artist creates stencils condemning various forms of injustice. She features contemporary figures, such as Donald Trump or Amy Winehouse, in her works. Her most famous work is called Don’t Shoot. This work, which caused dissatisfaction with the Nike brand, was intended to combat police violence.
Eduardo Kobra, Etnias
Kobra is one of the most well-known artists in the world. This work, which caused dissatisfaction with the Nike brand, was intended to combat police violence. In 2016, the artist broke the record of the largest piece of street art in the world by painting Etnias. It is 190 meters long and 15 meters high. The mural shows five faces of different origins, representing the five Olympic rings and the five continents.
Pichi and avo, NorthWest Walls Festival
These two Spanish artists definitely stand out from the crowd! ! Pichi and Avo have created a new form of street art. They mixed classical sculpture, modern painting and urban art. Pichi and Avo have collaborated with many internationally known artists. But their career really took off in 2015 with their impressive work of street art constructed on 7 containers.
Banksy, The Flower Thrower
Banksy made this stencil work in 2003 on a wall in Jerusalem. To fight war, denounce its horrors, and advocate for peace, a street artist paints this man whose face is unrecognizable and who throws a bouquet of colorful flowers like a Molotov cocktail.
Bradley Theodore, Karl Lagerfeld & Anna Wintour
Bradley Theodore paints celebrities from the fashion world like colorful skeletons. One of his world-famous works was done in New York in 2017. The artist painted two fashion icons facing each other: Karl Lagerfeld on the right, Anna Wintour on the left.
D*Face, Love Won’t Tear Us Apart
Dean Stockton, also known as D*Face made a street art fresco in the 13th arrondissement of Paris that he named Love won’t tear us apart. The artist paints a couple to evoke love. The man with the skull face symbolizes the old relationships that are no longer in our lives but still very present in our thoughts.
Shepard Fairey (Obey), Marianne
The American Shepard Fairey is an outstanding representative of street art. One of his many works, which is known all over the world, is a fresco located in Paris in the 13th arrondissement. This work in the colors of France represents Marianne (a personification of the French republic). The mural was painted following the attacks in 2015.
In 2015, Combo was inspired by a Polish logo created by designer Piotr Mlodozeniec: COEXIST. Coexist is illustrated through different religious symbols: the crescent, the Star of David and the Christian cross. This piece of street art calls for the tolerance and the respect of all beliefs.
Keith Haring, We the youth
In his work, Keith Haring fights against drugs, AIDS, and many other adversities. He was one of the first artists to create a mural. The artist painted this mural, which became world famous, with 14 high school students. This piece of street art is located in an underprivileged area and aims to encourage its development.
Banksy, The Little Girl with the Balloon
Banksy is undoubtedly is the most famous street artist in the world. He has been creating works of art all over the world for more than 23 years. In 2002, he created one of his most recognizable works, The Little Girl with a Balloon, in London. In 2018, during an auction for the silkscreened version, the work self-destructed a few seconds after the auctioneer’s hammer hit.