An Artist's Urban Playground Street Art | Guerrilla Street Art | Graffiti Art

Street art doesn’t require a museum or gallery. This medium of art is a way to breathe life into old neighbourhoods or to re-contextualize, re-energize and re-imagine a building. It’s one of the most unique and powerful means of artistic expression in our modern society. Graffiti, colourful murals and street tags are a common part of most urban landscapes. And although many believe that street artists operate on the fringe of society, these artists are giving something back to society by communicating with everyday people about socially relevant topics.

Street art is developed in public spaces that includes traditional graffiti artwork, sticker art, stencil graffiti, poster art, guerrilla art and street installations.

Street Art is about colour! As humans, we don’t realise just how much colour affects our mood. You can choose the colours of your life!

What is life without a dash of colour? Bright colours define enthusiasm, power, joy, love and passion. While darker shades can illustrate anger, willpower, aggression, leadership, rage, and courage. There are streets around the world that go beyond colour but embody vibrant examples of how people engage with their urban environments, energising them with visually-engaging murals and transforming them into works of art.
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So what are the differences between these street art genres?

Street Art

Street art is usually painted commissioned. Graffiti is word-based, whereas Street Art is image-based. Combining figurative and graffiti images. Street art is a form of art expressed by painting or spraying on a wall or another surface (such as traffic lights or billboards) usually without permission from the private or public owner of the support. For this reason, street artworks have traditionally been viewed as acts of vandalism.
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Guerrilla Street Art

Guerrilla art is a street art movement that started in the UK, but has spread all around the world and is now established in most countries. Guerrilla art focuses on cause and effect, not the material piece itself. Guerrilla artists seek to shake things up, force you to take a second look, change your preconceptions about your everyday surroundings.
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Graffiti Art

Graffiti is usually done without permission and within public areas. From the simple written words to amazing wall paintings, Going back to ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

The Most Notable Street Art and Artists of South Africa​

The urban street art scene is thriving in Africa, especially in South Africa where it’s growing in momentum. With exciting and innovative work in a genre viewed as provocative and empowering, it’s responsible for vivid murals and artwork all around its metropolis and its suburbs.

Braamfontein and Maboneng are famous for their public artworks and activism in the downtown areas and is also renowned for its graffiti created by artists from diverse backgrounds and different social and political visions. The Cape Town International Public Art Festival has been developed to showcase the variety of talent on offer and held its fourth festival in February 2020.

Street art by Mar1one

Mak1One

Faith 47​

Faith 47
Nardstar Street art

Nardstar

DALeast​

DALeast street art
Ricky Lee Gordon street art

Ricky Lee Gordon (Freddy Sam)

Jack Fox

Jack Fox Street Art

Falko One

Chris Auret

Sonny Sundancer

Walking the street art STREET ART & COMMUNITY WALKING TOUR

The Mother City’s streets have teamed up with one-of-a-kind works of art that embody the Capetonian soul and share stories of the past, present and future. A township tour of Khayelitsha and street art walking tour of Woodstock while meeting the inspiring local residents and artists who are creating incredible things across the city.

The Pioneers of Graffiti and Street Art

South African artist Cornbread

Cornbread

Darryl McCray, better known by his tagging name "Cornbread", is a graffiti practitioner from Philadelphia.
South African Artist Daze

Daze

Chris “DAZE” Ellis is an American graffiti artist known as one of the pioneers of the street-art movement.
South African Artist Dondi White

Dondi White

Dondi White, was an American graffiti artist, also known as Donald Joseph White. His creativity coupled with his incredible talent made him one of the most influential graffiti artists in the 20th century. He started with subway graffiti and for years, painting trains and subway walls.
Graffiti by Tracy

Tracy 168

TRACY 168 is one of the founding fathers of the street art form, creating the Wildstyle style of graffiti, "Wildstyle". In July 2006, an art piece by Tracy 168 utilized a real subway car door showcasing his piece on it. The piece was shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art during their month-long exhibit, "Graffiti.
Street Art by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

The first woman in graffiti based art. Pink painted subway trains from 1979-1985 and became a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture; she had a starring role in the motion picture "Wild Style".
South African Artists Futura 2000

Futura 2000

He is one of the veterans that remains artistically active. He began in the 1970s and distinguishing himself from other artists through his abstract aesthetic, characterized by futuristic space-inspired designs.

Banksy

One of the world’s most recognized artists, Banksy is a famous – but anonymous street artist who creates resonant social, political, and humanist messages with a distinctive stenciling technique. He is responsible for catapulting guerilla work into the mainstream as a viable form of art.

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