"If you ever see a stencil with a colored AFI as a signature, then it is me. What I like out there is that people do not have a choice, they will see the graffiti, like it or not. And they should appreciate the fact that it is free. Street art is the real thing, outside of marketing and/or games.''
AFI is a female stencil street artist based somewhere in Europe. Her tag is an abbreviation with Spanish origins.
Alice Mizrachi is a Queens based artist, curator, teaching artist and community organizer. With a focus on the figure abstracted through color, line and pattern, Mizrachi's work draws from an inner reserve of spontaneous raw emotion. As a master of materials, grounded in painting and printmaking, her respect for the mediums she works withis as important as the charged imagery she creates. She has exhibited work in galleries and museums worldwide including Powerhouse Gallery, Colette, Fifty 24LA, Crewest, Intermedia Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art in DC, and The National Women’s Museum in DC and most recently in solo shows in Paris and Tel Aviv. With strong ties to the urban graffitti art world, Mizrachi’s early work focused on the vibrant tranquility of city life and earned her profiles in niche publications like Giant Magazine, Marie Claire and Juxtapoz. In addition to work on 2D surfaces, she has painted murals worldwide and begun to delve into sculptural objects made from found materials. With over 10 years of experience as an teaching artist, Mizrachi has merged all of her interests as co-founder of the YOUNITY Arts Collective since 2006. The all-female urban art collective produces a variety of creative enterprises annually including exhibitions, panel discussions, mural productions, and youth workshops. Mizrachi is also a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
"I create art about people and their relationships, I'm interested in representing human feelings and exploring different points of view. I especially like to depict strong and independant women" AliCè's work is usually carried out in colour spray paint and acrylics, or for illustration inks on paper and photoshop."
Analizarte is a street artist from Santa Fe in Argentina. She draws and paints since she was little girl. She likes to use spaces, the dimensions of the wall to get inspired for something according to it. She is always happy to include trees, columns into the paintings too... with colours and shapes. In her works she uses wall painting mainly because its affordable, something many artists do in South America. Analizarte also ads on every mural she makes ‘’ARTISTA BUSCA PARED’’ meaning, ARTIST SEEKING WALL. It is her way of finding people who like her work and possibly be offered a new wall to paint.
Anthea Missy is a rising street artist operating in Europe and Asia who made a fast introduction in the street art world in april 2014. She has since painted in many key cities in Europe and partly in Asia (Paris, London, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Brussels, Hanoi) with artworks ranging from medium to large scale. She is French and operates under her real name, from Anglo-Norman origin. She currently lives in Brussels.
From human scale walls to large scale (15m boat in Hackney Wick, or a 60m mural in Hanoi) her creative process stands out with a recognizable style.
While intricate compositions of organic patterns and curve spread out in space, movement and minimalism are maintained with a limited colour palette. Anthea is a free-hand painter who likes to improvise on the fly. Her art reflects movement, breath, spontaneous energy and connects people with their unconscious emotions.
Heavy use of digital technology is another dominant pillar of her modus operandi, dedicated to pioneering the art of live performance as she stretches the ephemeral boundary of graffiti to a timeless multi sensory art experience.
Owing to nowadays nomadic lifestyle and expanding social media, she regularly offers people to watch her street live paintings in real time wherever they are and she also produces her own street art movies.
My mission is to liberate art from just the gallery or the picture frame and make it accessible to everyone. I love the idea of setting art free, setting our souls free to dream and imagine and go floating across a wall.
I seek to create worlds, meaning out of mayhem and dreams from despair.
After graduating from VCA I was all set for life as a painter. Street art began as a hobby on the side that seemed to take on a life of its own then grew and grew. Now I see the two mediums as complimentary. The possibilities for my drawings are infinite.
I see drawing on walls as a beautiful challenge… the challenge of space and constraints. Defying gravity, dancing with gravity. The love affair continues…
For several years, I have been exploring the relationship that women and men have with the feminine all around the world. Through my creative work, I devote myself to demonstrating the absolute necessity of giving back to the feminine its place in this world, such that each man and each woman can be complete. To speak about it, I have chosen to work with the symbolic pattern of the uterus. This symbol, through its harmonious and poetic design, can speak to each of us, human beings of either female or male sex. The foregrounding of her ideas takes place through this repetition of the design and its decorative mise-en-scene outdoor and indoor.
Camila León (1986) was born in Santiago de Chile, but raised in the US. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts at PUC and in Art Education. Her artwork has been published in several international blogs and press such as Booooooom !, Design Love Fest and Urban Outfitters. She mainly works with chalk and tape on the streets, being her main interest to create colorful and ephemeral graffitis that disappear.
My tiles are in city's like Vienna, Berlin and London, but you can find them as well in unexpected places like beaches and natural forests in New Zealand ore inside of clubs. So keep looking, I'm always working on new stuff, you might be surprised where you can find them.
Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s. Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.
Dyan Marie is a visual artist working in sculpture and is an early innovator in the field of digital photography. She also responds to urban situations with publications, banner projects, public art, curating, walking systems, photography, community initiatives, festivals, texts and poetry. A founder of C Magazine, Cold City Gallery, Walk Here, Dupont Projects, DIG IN, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group and Bloor Magazine, Dyan received the City Soul award from the Canadian Urban Institute and various art and community awards from city of Toronto, Province of Ontario and federal government of Canada.
Faiths images reconstruct lost objects, broken-down cars, old factories and dusty side roads of forgotten towns. She investigates how humans interact with their enviroment, what scratches and memories they leave behind. Her interactions resonate with our fragility, with our inate understanding of symbols, dreams, textures and inevitable imperminance.
Fefe Talavera’s monster paintings are metaphors for strong and subconscious human emotions like anger, fear, dreams or desire. The colourful fantastic beasts which she connects with the “dark side” of her inner self stand for the artist’s cultural roots as well as the primary and powerful energy of her work in the streets all over the world. Born in 1979 Fefe was brought up as a native half Mexican, half Brazilian in São Paulo where she lives until today besides her second home in Madrid, Spain. Interested in all kind of “underground” movements, the typical and unique stylistic freedom of the internationally renowned Street Art and Graffiti scene of her hometown made an important impression on the artist. Her raw creative energy thus found much more correspondence in the angled, tribal-like style she developed while working in the streets, than in her studies in fine arts which she finished with a Bachelor at the FAAP in São Paulo. Showing at galleries and accepting certain rules, limits and intolerances of the art market system represent a contradiction for Fefe who is mainly interested in finding public ways to express herself and a common way of communication.
Galldindie is a 26-year-old artist from Barcelona, raised in Alella, a little beach-town not far from the big city. She has been drawing ever since she can remember. In highschool, Galldindie started playing with spray cans, but it was during her year long stay in Athens that she did her biggest amount of street art work.
She is also an architect for the ETSAB, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. She works with public space in a capability to personalize the places we live in. In addition, she has worked in Morocco, Senegal and Crete in the bioconstruction field.
Galldindie studied Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona. She has exhibited work in Barcelona, Athens and Berlin. Since Feburary of 2014 She has been running a Social Center with friends in the heart of Barcelona. The center tries to give an alternative to the policies of the council regarding to art, culture and leisure. She also gives painting lessons to children of the neighborhood.
On a fast moving train to a neon-streaked unknown, the global community hangs on to the teetering semblance and imprint of a world that is crumbling. The facade that shields our awareness is something worth illuminating and discussing. At once powerful and playful, the street artist Gilf! is focused on creating positive change through her work. Motivated by the idea of inspiring people who she will never meet, and breathing hope into many of these issues, her goal is to create art that provokes thoughtfulness and motivates a change of the zeitgeist. A portion of each sale is donated to a charity specific to that image, when applicable, which allows the collector to take an active approach to the world around us.
We’re feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. We expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture using facts, humor and outrageous visuals. We reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, the and the downright unfair. Our work has been passed around the world by our tireless supporters. In the last few years, we’ve appeared at over 100 universities and museums, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Bitch, and Artforum; on NPR, the BBC and CBC; and in many art and feminist texts. We are authors of stickers, billboards, many, many posters and other projects, and several books. In the last few years, we've unveiled anti-film industry billboards in Hollywood just in time for the Oscars, and created large scale projects for the Venice Biennale, Istanbul and Mexico City. We dissed the Museum of Modern Art at its own Feminist Futures Symposium, examined the museums of Washington DC in a full page in the Washington Post, and exhibited large-scale posters and banners in Paris, Athens, Bilbao, Montreal, Rotterdam, Sarajevo and Shanghai. WHAT'S NEXT? More creative complaining! More facts, humor and fake fur! More appearances, actions and artworks. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.
Dutch artist Handiedan pushes mixed-media collage to a higher level by digitally creating classic female pin-ups using ornamental components such as currencies, sheet music and her own cartoon drawings. Handiedan rebuilds these digital designs into multi-layered hand-cut collages that end up with a distinctive three-dimensional quality. Her pin-ups look like something between an orientally adorned femme fatale from a noir film, a sexually joyful pin-up from a 1950’s calendar and a tattooed rockabilly girl. Each work is a treasure trove of symbols, with a focus on cosmology, Eastern philosophy and sacred geometries.
Growing up on a farm in NSW, I & The Others spent the best part of the eighties entertaining herself with her colouring box, butcher's paper, string, mud, stones, feathers and whatever else could be found.
Still making use of found materials, she resides now in Melbourne, Australia and works as both a visual artist & freelance graphic designer.
Her illustration based artwork is well travelled, appearing in places such as Mexico, Israel, New York City, Sydney & Melbourne, while her design work has made its way around both Australia & the United States often in the form of CD artwork and gig posters.
Indigo is a visual artist, writer, dancer and curator currently bouncing between Vancouver and Cape Town. Her creative practice explores human emotion, personal story and memory through a wide range of mediums and disciplines. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and seen on the streets in Canada, the United States, the UK, Western Europe, Russia and South Africa.
Born into a family of artists and activists, Indigo’s creative practice has always been multidisciplinary. Having grown up in Northern BC, she moved to the Lower Mainland in 2000 to study Contemporary Dance and English at Simon Fraser University. The years after graduation were spent working as a choreographer, performer and instructor in Canada and the United States, both independently and as a part of multiple companies and collectives.
Always intensely interested in collaboration, the last few years have seen Indigo actively seeking out new venues, methods and partners for creation and curation, at home and abroad. One of the core tenets of her practice lies in connecting communities in a creative way to facilitate positive social change, on a local, national and international level. She believes in nurturing a culture of empowerment, in which people of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to find unique ways to express their voice in today’s society, to think critically about the world around them and discover creative and collaborative solutions to the problems faced by themselves and their peers. To this end, Indigo continues to work at a grassroots level with artists and communities all over the world, using her personal and professional network to assist individuals and organizations in reaching their goals. She considers herself very fortunate to have been given the skills, education and opportunities at my disposal, and with that she feel a responsibility to give back, to help others to exceed their own expectations.
Issa Abou-Issa is a painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who works in a variety of styles and mediums. Born and raised in New York City, Issa studied painting, ceramics/Sculpting in New Orleans, New York and California. The artist made the move from the "Big Apple" to the "Big Easy" in 1996 with her husband, which she now calls home! Her works are collected from Europe to the U.S.A. The artist works are collected by celebrities, private patrons and corporations.
She has appeared in several articles and in reference books: "The Artists BlueBook; 34,000 North American Artists (March 2005) 479 pages. "New Orleans homes and lifestyles," and has had successful group shows where her art was sold at "The Robert Miller Gallery" and in "Metro Pictures" in New York City -- A cause to benefit artists living with AIDS.
Joshila Dhaby is a self-taught Mauritian artist. Originally working with watercolor and acrylic, Joshila turned to spray paint and started painting on walls and metal sheets. She uses a ‘tape and masking process’, stencils and layers to create rich paintings with bold fields of colors. The recurrent theme in Joshila’s artwork is sustainable development. Her contemporary paintings are mostly about the society, the economy and the environment. Her process involves creating conceptual compositions including paint splashes, drips and sprays.
I am a woman artist whose purpose is to travel the world making art and painting murals in public spaces that unfolds a universal story while honoring the nature of diversity. I work with women and youth to encourage them. I encourage youth to be catalysts for social change within their communities by employing the arts. I work with women to encourage them to become whoever they imagine themselves to be through their creativity; to heal, empower and emancipate themselves. My career and business as an artist stands for taking my ideals and translating those dreams, goals, and images into reality; while inspiring people to do the same.
Soy graffitera de Nicaragua mi tag es La Kyd aka Kyder.
Desde mi infancia demostré interés por el dibujo, era algo que practicaba a diario porque me gustaba mucho hacerlo, mediante fui creciendo y me hice adolescente fue que empecé a ver murales en las calles de Managua y esto fue lo que me hizo indagar lo que era ese arte aun desconocido para mí.
Y fue en el año 2010 que empecé a pintar en las calles, ya llevo 3 años dedicándome al graffiti. Mi inclinación son las letras por lo general el wild style, es lo que más me gusta hacer, raras veces hago un carácter.
En ese mismo año empecé con mi crew al cual pertenezco llamado Ladies Destroying “LD” (Pia, Sak, Miky y Sweet en Costa Rica Moxxa y Tash). Actualmente formo parte del colectivo Chacuatol “CHQTL” (Icon, Crow, Biest, Mikas, Rek, Nito, Cash, Shoker, Draw, Keyoe y Lucha).
Me gusta trabajar con diferentes tonalidades de colores y por lo general degradados más que sólidos pero tengo afinación a los tonos azules, creo que por eso tengo muchas piezas en esos tonos.
Creo que solo el hecho de ser graffitera es más difícil para una mujer que un hombre, porque la escena del graffiti es dominado por hombres, al menos ese es el caso en Nicaragua y por eso trato de motivar a otras chicas que deseen formar parte de este mundo, para que crezca el movimiento femenino en mi país.
I'm a graffiti writer from Nicaragua my tag is La Kyd aka Kyder.
Since my childhood I showed interest in drawing, it was something he practiced daily because I liked it, by I grew and became a teenager was that I began to see murals in the streets of Managua and this is what inquiring what was that art still unknown to me.
It was in 2010 that I began painting in the streets, and took three years dedicating myself to graffiti. My inclination letters are usually the wild style, is what I like to do, rarely do a character.
In that same year I started with my crew to which I belong called Ladies Destroying "LD" (Pia, Sak, Miky y Sweet in Costa Rica Moxxa and Tash). Currently I am part of the collective Chacuatol "CHQTL" (Icon, Crow, Biest, Rek, Nito, Cash, Shoker, Draw, Keyoe and Lucha).
I like working with different shades of colors and usually degraded more solid but I have the blues tune, I think that's why I have many pieces in these shades. I think just being a graffiti artist is harder for a woman than a man, because the graffiti scene is dominated by men, at least that's the case in Nicaragua and so I try to encourage other girls who want to be part of this world, to grow the women's movement in my country.
Originally from the Seine-St-Denis, France. Lady K was born in 1978 in Blanc-Mesnil. She is a graffiti artist exploring different techniques as well as different supports. Lady K has painted since childhood, and she loved reading artist monographs. In 1990 she discovered graffiti and tagging. She is dedicated to painting, sculpture, photography, and writing. Since 1993 she has explored several artistic currents including ready made, dada, surrealism, impressionism, cubism, realism, stencils, logotype, tags, and graffiti. After having had several names (CH20, White) in 1998 she kept the nickname Lady K.
In 2000, she entered the School of Fine Arts of Paris and in 2001 Lady K began to exhibit her works. Favoring lettering, Lady K likes to experiment and look at different techniques and ideas with sets and characters in order to create an univers for lettering. She is a member of the famous international crew 156 with artists as Jonone, Psychoze, André, Os Gemeos, Cope 2, Indie, Creez, Yank,Moze etc. She is also a member of the crews: V13, CCH, ED, HLM, BLK, TRS. She is leaving her mark on the history of graffiti and on multiple streets of Paris and the suburbs. Lady K is one of the few women along with Jolee, Liza, Fancy, Sista, Kenza, Veka, Else, Redly, Dare... to practice in graffiti wildly.
She was filmed with Kenza for the DVD magazine "PAINTERZ".interviewed at this occasion, Lady K describes tagging and graffiti as a portrait of the social and economic environment in which it is viewed. Their location provides direct contact with the viewer without an institution, allowing an immediate contact with the public.
Lady "K" Fever
Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie) is a New York inter-disciplinary artist and curator from Canada working with painting, installation, photography, performance and public art projects. She began her career in Vancouver the early 1990’s when she was invited to create an installation with Riot Grrlz for 'Artropolis 93.
In 2003, she was invited as the first Canadian woman to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, New York and to be put down with NYC graffiti crews KD & TDS.
Her work has been exhibited in Bronx Lab Style Wars Bronx Museum, Graffiti Research lab MOMA, Figure8 El Museo del Barrio, Born again: Eight Artist Respond Longwood Art gallery, B-girl Be Intermedia Arts, This side of Paradise No Longer Empty and Figment 2012 New York and published in the New York times, New York Post, Daily News and in the magazines: Studio (Harlem), Mass Appeal (Brooklyn), Backspin (Germany), and Trace (international) among others, and in the books Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC, and We B Girlz (New York).
In 2013, her graffiti/street art has been presented at The Graffiti Hall Of Fame 2013, New York, Rooftop Legends 2013, New York, and The New York Walls Wynwood, Miami. As an Educator, She is a multiple recipient of the Arts-in-Education Grant from The Bronx Council on the Arts (2007-2009). She currently works with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Laundromat Project as well as many other community based organizations/projects.
Lexi Bella works in paint, collage, and street art, and installation. Through her paintings, collages, and large scale spray murals, she explores the modern day love/hate relationship with beauty and pop culture, models and monsters, sex, desire, disgust, and the body. Her faces confront, seduce, and unnerve creating an immediate reaction and therefore relationship with the viewer.
Lexi also focuses on creating projects that help impact and educate communities by creating portrait based murals highlighting important people from the community she is working in or who may have influenced the community. In New York examples of this include the Lower East Side Hearoines Project and in The Bronx the 8 Greats Yankkee Mural Project. Continuing the tradition of portraiture in a contemporary medium is an important exploration in her work, and an exciting way to create public art that speaks to people.
She is a modern feminist and artist.
Lexi Bella lives in and around New York City. She has been painting and creating art for over 25 years and completed her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 2006. She has participated in Art Battles since 2009, the Premier International Live Art Competition for Street Artists & Fine Artists. In 2010 she won her first Art Battle at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in 2011 she traveled to Verbier, Switzerland to Battle, and won the 2012 Art Battle International Championships in Paris, France and became the 2012 American ArtBattles Champion.
In 2012 Bella completed a series of spray murals all over New York, most notibly at Legendary Graffiti"Museum" 5 Pointz, as well as the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project in the Lower East Side. In 2013 she was featured painting live at the Fountain Art Fair during Armory week for the Canada based EnMasse Project.In May she was also commissioned to come do a 12ft high mural at UpFest in Bristol, UK for Europe's Largest Urban Art Festival. She most recently painted pieces in Wynwood & Lil Havana during Miami Art Basel 2013
The year 2014 has found Lexi Bella doing a series of large spray pieces in NYC, Brooklyn, San Francisco, LA & Miami and anywhere else she can find walll. Lexi Bella is scheduled to have solo in shows in Brooklyn & San Francisco this fall. Lexi Bella was chosen after a competitive jury process to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and produce her Lower East Side Heroine Project through Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) and with Centrefuge Public Mural Project. FABLES is a public art series produced by FABnyc to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. She has also created epic pieces for Queens famous Welling Court Mural Project this June, and Brooklyn's Bushwick Collective this past May.
When I left France for Canada, I deceided to create so as to talk about my identity and my roots that I had to save necessarily. It was a way to rediscover myself and heal the wounds created by this difficult exil. This woman said that despite the difficulties encountered she will remain faithful to itself. She is trying to make her way in the world. Technically, I use mainly collage and stencil. I considered myself as a poet of the colors and music.
Mademoiselle Maurice is a 28 years old french artist.
After she grew up in the mountains of Haute-Savoie (France), studied architecture in Lyon and worked in Geneva and Marseille, she lived one year in Japan.
Actually based in Paris, she devoted herself entirely to colorful creations, whose thought process was initiated few years ago.
With different mediums such as origami, lace, photography, or painting and embroidery, she creates naive works at first sight, but deep andsensitive, in a constantly connection with the events encountered during her daily life.
Beyond her studio which is a very small space, she decided to devote herself to the world of the street, an open air museum, for achievehuge urban performances and installations, created with a lot of origami. Some positive and colorful creations that transmit an emotion that everyone can appropriate in a subjective manner. Beyond the appearances, Mademoiselle Maurice seeks to deepen the link between individuals who form that human network which we belong and we frequent every day. It also highlights the interactions between humans and their environment to highlight and resonate the Human / Nature link.
A progressive reflection that tends not to give answers but ask, subjugates, reflects, idealizes and offers ways of escape and colorful and abstract thoughts into a reality as repulsive as attractive…
With their symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas. Hayuk weaves visual information from her immediate surroundings into her elaborate abstractions, creating an engaging mix of referents from popular culture and advanced painting practices alike while connecting to the ongoing pursuit of psychedelic experience in visual form. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn, sketching in paint to inform the large-scale works. She sees her studio painting practice and mural making as both inversely relational and symbiotic.
Maya Hayuk earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and has studied at V.C.U., Richmond, VA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Mica Still is a Wellington based artist, currently working with drawing, painting, street art and fashion. Originally from a small west coastal town in the USA she upgraded to the capital of New Zealand. She dreams in colour, and these dreams spill out onto her art works, populating them with animals and symbols from both her homeland and her adopted home. Her work is bright, graphic and complex, with humans and animals combining to explore her desires, fears and fantasies.
Mica’s art work will sneak up and frighten you in your dreams while making you laugh out loud in the light of day.
Kitty (Minou) is one of Brisbane's most prolific female street artists. Known for her delicately crafted, enchanting peacock designs and bright blue robots, her wheat pastes can be found all over the Brisbane city. Her work has also found alley homes in Melbourne, Japan, London, Canada, Seattle, Israel and Brazil. Providing a touch of feminine grace to an art form typically saturated with masculinity, her love of community, colour, feminine sensuality and her generous fun loving spirit is evident throughout her designs. She not only lights up the world of those who are lucky enough to know her, she also brightens the worlds of those who are lucky enough to stumble across her artwork on the streets.
The Mollyeeeee studio is based in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee. Molly specializes in modern quilting, costume design, installation art, and unusual, temporary public art designed to make folks stop and appreciate the good thing they have going.
Lionel Stitchie is a pet furniture project of mollyeeeee.com, born out of a love for the breakups with our furniture to a soundtrack provided by the master love song balladeer himself, Lionel Richie.
Diana Rodeiro, Nana (1983) is a Spanish artist who works as an illustrator and muralist. In 2006 she began to exploring graffiti and urban art making in small interventions on the street and in abandoned spaces. During the past few years she has participated in different festivals and exhibitions representing her characters in colorful, large walls. Today she carries out her work in Galicia as an artist and an educator.
Born in 1986. A graduate of Fine Arts in Lodz. The Diploma of Spatial and Poster Design in Professor Sławomir Iwański atelier. Is passionate about painting since 10 years. For two years associated with streetart. Participated in several group exhibitions in Poland, among others First Streetart Auction in Poland -Rempex Gallery in Warsaw. She paints the many faces of women. In her colorful paintings creates a mood, mystery and metaphor.
Olek, born 5 April 1978, full name Agata Oleksiak and known professionally as Crocheted Olek, is a Polish-born artist living in the US. Her works include sculptures, installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, and fiber art. Her best known piece is a false apartment in which the contents, including the residents, were covered in crocheting. It was featured in various international media outlets. The work generally includes members of the public or the media, crocheted directly into the suit without traditional fasteners.
Olga Alexopoulou is a Greek painter and street artist. Athenian born [b. 1980], graduate of the Ruskin School of Art of Oxford University, who now lives and has her studio in Istanbul. The historian Nikos Sigalas, Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes, writes: ‘The work on display constitutes nature's epic: austere in words (in the signs of men) yet powerful as the hour of the tempest or a summit's moment of illumined unconcealment. Olga Alexopoulou is sparing with words, her images speaking in silence, mute words in a language beyond the common sign, a turbulence of depth.’
The past year I have been creating street art in my local Los Angeles area, greater California, and internationally. Rather than using traditional paint or wheat paste methods in a 2D platform, I’ve been using paper and resin in 3D. These sculptures come in all sizes and fit in the holes of buildings and pipes found while walking around. The finished shapes represent geodes, crystal, quartz, or any mineral formation that you would normally find in nature, now in our planned out cities.
“Geodes” in the city and the ones you find in nature have a parallel aspect—they are unexpected treasures. You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment. I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.
Salla Ikonen is one of Finland's few female street artists. She is known for her dreamlike murals. Her aim is to bring joy and warmth to spaces that otherwise would be dull. Her murals bring the vibe of Scandinavian nature into the scenery and often times include portraits packed with emotions and expressions.
Salla Ikonen has been painting large scale murals in various locations in Finland, and have had an exhibition in Helsinki City Hall, as well as in Vantaa Art museum. She's been organizing and painting in one of Finlands biggest mural collection in Myyrmäki train station (2015). At the moment she is actively painting in Finland. She also took part in Malta international Street Art Festival during summer 2015.
Shamsia Hassani born in 1988 (Iran) is an Afghan graffiti artist, and teacher at Faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University. In her graffiti, Shamsia often paints women in Burqas, and fishes, symbols of the atmosphere flowing around her and her own life experiences. She uses her art to help bring positive changes to people and more specifically to wash away the depressing memories of long-time war having taken place in her country. As an Afghan girl confronting reactions motivated from traditional views, it is not always easy for Shamsia to do graffiti the way other graffiti artists would do around the world. She would sometimes work her graffiti concepts out as drawings/paintings applied onto prints of pictures taken from different parts of Kabul: a category she calls “Dream of Graffiti.” She was selected as one of Top10 for the 2nd Afghan Contemporary Art Prize in 2009, and since then has been part of solo and group exhibitions inside and outside of Afghanistan (e.g. Germany, Australia, India, Vietnam). Teaching at fine art faculty of Kabul University, Shamsia, who is also one of the founders of Berang Arts Organization, puts her best effort to exchange her contemporary arts experiences with her students and present more artists to the community.
Shelley Miller is a Montreal-based artist whose installations, sculptures and public works have been exhibited across Canada as well as India and Brazil. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 (Calgary, AB) and a Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2001 (Montreal, QC). She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec and the Commonwealth Foundation. Much of her work is situated in public spaces, in both ephemeral form and in permanent materials. She has created public art works with the Fonderie Darling in the context of Mois de la photo à Montréal 2009, and most recently for the Commission scolaire de Montréal as part of the Service de l'intégration des arts à l'architecture. Current projects include an outdoor ceramic public art commission for a new AMT commuter train station in Montreal as well an outdoor sugar installation in downtown Toronto for Nuit Blanche in September of 2012. Her work has been acquired by The City of Montreal, The Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil), Reliance Industries (Mumbai, India), the Just for Laughs Museum (Montreal, QC) as well as many private collectors.
Stephanie Rond is a Columbus, Ohio based street artist whose colorful and feminist work can be seen on walls both inside and out.
Rond had the distinguished honor of representing North America in “She’s a Leader,” a street art project created by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society based in Paris, France. She is the founder of the website Women Street Artists.
An award-winning documentary has been created about her work. The film, Tiny Out Loud, studies Rond’s gender-gouging street art and dollhouse art galleries. She served as producer of the film, joining director Andrew Ina to craft a fun but evocative exploration of making gender roles smaller and the art world’s accessibility larger.
Swoon is a street artist born in New London, Conneticut, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. She moved to New York City at age nineteen, and specializes in life-size wheatpastes prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon, real name Caledonia Dance Curry, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and started doing street art around 1999.
Tamara Alves (b. 1983) is a Portuguese artist, based in Lisbon who’s inspired by urban life. Making use of supports with multifaceted characteristics – from painting to illustration, from tattoos to Street art. The work of Tamara Alves represents an erotic view of a contemporary body with the effects of its own limits expanded. Instead of a rational thinking there’s a rough passion, a body-without-organs, a becoming animal, the experienced sensations, "starving histerical naked" (Allen Ginsberg). Since 2000 that she has been a part of several projects, group and solo exhibitions, street art interventions and she's one of the most notorious female street artists in Portugal.
Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art project by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh that addresses gender based street harassment.
Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project attempts to take women's voices, and faces, and put them in the street - creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe - outside in the street.
The project is saying that street harassment is not okay. That feeling entitled to treat and speak to women any type of way, is not okay. That demanding a woman's attention is not okay. That intruding on a woman's space and thoughts is not okay. That women should be able to walk to the train, to the grocery store, to school - without having to cross the street to avoid the men that she sees already eyeing her as she approaches. That making women feel objectified, sexualized simply because they are women, is not okay. That grabbing a woman's wrist to force her to speak to you is not okay. That requesting for a woman to "smile for you" is not okay - because women are not outside on the street for the purpose of entertaining and pleasing men. That it's quite possible women are wonderful, happy, intelligent human beings that simply want to move through out the world comfortably and safely while wearing their face however the hell they want to.
A lot of people will not agree with this project. A lot of people, men AND women, will not understand it. And that's okay. This project is not asking for there to be zero interaction between men and women in public spaces - it's asking for the interaction to be respectful and safe. This project is not to persuade women to feel offended. Rather, this project is for those who do feel offended by unwelcome aggressive treatment from men.
It's my hope that some women will walk pass these wheat pastes and feel empowered. That men will at least take notice and consider what the posters are saying. And that the conversation about street harassment will continue to be enlivened and hopefully produce some sort of solution.
TIKA is the visual language of swiss artist Maja Hürst. Her universe of clear, graphic shapes and vary textures originate in the broad nosed character which Hürst has first drawn in 2003. At the early age of ten she began pasting her drawings on the streets and had first graffiti contact in 1998.
Vexta is recognized in the street art scene as one of the leading female artists. This has been evidenced by the support she has received from influential players such as Banksy, who invited her to show along side him in London at the 2008 Cans Festival, as well as being represented and credited in his highly successful film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. She was also recently a feature artist the inaugural Outpost Street Art Festival in Sydney Australia in 2012.
Integral to Vexta’s practice is bringing art to the people on the streets and as such she has generated a large following in Australia, Europe & the Americas. She is most famously known for her stencil paintings and wheat-pastes which draw from cultural visual debris, her self taught aesthetic and an ongoing exploration of printmaking and painting. These works have been seen on the streets of Paris, Sydney, Mexico City, Bogota, San Francisco and New York to name a few.
Her iconic psychedelic, neon drenched artworks are influenced by a personal symbolism and a greater urban mythology which connect the dots between the personal and the universal, our waking lives & the dreams beneath them, between acute cultural commentary and aching beauty.
She has work held in major collections, including The National Gallery of Australia and recently she was included in the definitive Thames & Hudson World of Art: Street Art & Graffiti book (2012) as one of only 4 female street artists.
Yola is a photographer and a visual artist, living in Paris and London. She studied animation at the Polish Film School at Lodz and CFT Gobelins in Paris. She’s worked as a SFX designer on some of the major European blockbuster movies. In her free time she devotes herself to her passion – “paste-up” street-art. After street-art projects in Paris, she entered the Polish street-art scene with a series of Renaissance murals in the Warsaw’s “Rive Gauche” – Praga, created with the participation of the contemporary inhabitants of the district. The project dealt with numerous issues, such as intolerance and alienation caused by age, race and sexual orientation.Having introduced the world’s paintings to the streets of Warsaw, Jola chose a Polish 19th century painting by Jacek Malczewski to be transplanted to the streets Buenos Aires. Her work formed a centrepiece of a spectacular collaboration with artists Jaz (Argentina), Other (Canada) and Corona (France). Again, she invited local people to be her models. She has been described by Graffitimundo as “one of the most unusual and innovative wheatpaste artists in the world”.
Yu-baba lives in Minsk, Belarus. She travels and paints murals in different countries. Participated in several group exhibitions. Most of her murals are female portraits mixes with shapes, colours and patterns, often expressing hidden emotions she holds within herself. Yu-baba reveals women's energy, confidence and beauty. She always uses palette of bright colors to catch the attention of viewer.
Linda Zina Aslaksen is fascinated by mythology, ancient history & the mystic world. Current works document her interest in a rising, Pop-surrealistic Movement, demonstrating bold colours, rustic steam punk, symbolism and decorative elements. An interest for the urban art scene has sparked a desire to work with spray paint, looking for ways to merge studio work with outside creations. These outdoor paintings combine influences, looking at hyper realistic portraiture, steam punk and narrative. Inspiration derives from artists and creatives such as S.Dali, Brian Despain, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Mark Ryden, Jason Limon, Shaun Tan, & Tim Burton.