5 Artists redefining the concept of Street Art

How much do you love street art? How much do you love innovation? And how much do you love innovation in street art?

Well, if your answer was an enthusiastic “a lot” (and even if it wasn’t) to all of the above, no need to look any further; we have assembled our favorite murals that push the boundaries of creativity and change our perception of street art. Peep the rest of the article for some mind-blowing content.



Ever heard how the Mona Lisa follows you with her eyes when you stand in front of her? Well, imagine artwork that actually moves; not in myth, but in reality.

British artist INSA starts his art where it usually ends – on technological media. His signature “GiF-iTi” murals are created by photographing each layer, hand-painted by the artist, and then overlaying the pictures to create a looping GIF. Most interesting part? When coming across an INSA mural, the passerby can not only admire the artwork on the wall but can also watch it come to life by downloading the artist’s GiF-iTi app.

INSA has recently broken new records of originality by creating an artwork with a team of 20 and a satellite 431 miles above the earth to create the world’s largest GIF that is delivering all its meaning when seen from the space.


Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone has been painting the streets in Spain since he was 12 years old. His kinetic art pieces composed of light spectrum inspired colors and geometrical shapes in movement are quickly capturing the attention of the viewers. The Spanish artist is continuously exploring and pushing the limit between digital art and street art, disregarding the traditional technique and using all the tools that he has in his possession. In the street or for gallery shows, Felipe Pantone is always creating mind-bending artwork: he’s playing with our conception of colors and movement either with static artworks or recently with virtual reality creations.

Thanks to his graffiti background Felipe Pantone is always thinking bigger and bigger. He then has the record of the largest mural in Lisbon and the biggest QR code ever painted. This mural, situated in Hasselt, Belgium, features an enormous and mysterious QR code lying on top of the artist’s signature bursts of color.

“I can take you wherever I want,” says Pantone when asked about the significance of the code.



Montrealers can proudly say that their city harbors some of the most impressive murals in the world. One that is definitely worth mentioning was created by Swiss artist Onur during (surprise) the fifth edition of MURAL Festival.

Onur’s background as a set artist for theatres is seen in some of his larger-scale works, where he captures moments of everyday life. The artist’s mural in Montreal, which looks like an exploding light bulb painted over a black wall during the day, turns into a GLOWING exploding light bulb at night.

What makes this mural so unique and visually impressive is Onur’s use of fluorescent paint to emphasize the metaphor of the light bulb as a “Vision” (which, by the way, is what the mural is called). If you’re situated in Montreal, check out the dazzling Chinatown-situated mural which is truly a sight for sore eyes.



After receiving the TED prize at the TED conference, French artist and “photograffeur” JR decided to use the award to create a project that assembles people who wish to stand together on an issue they care about.

The project is called Inside Out and involves photobooth trucks. Once participants walk in, an internal camera takes their picture and, within minutes, a black and white 3×5 portrait is printed out for them. The participants are then free to paste it in a public space in their community, thus creating an incredible wall of black and white portraits.

The goal of the project is to keep the momentum of standing together for something going for as long as possible through art.



Although it’s impressive to see how street art merges with urban scenery, it is even more impressive to watch it become one with nature; emphasizing and blending in with the elements instead of overshadowing them.

Sean Yoro, professionally known as HULA, is a self-taught contemporary artist who extraordinarily incorporates his artwork into nature, and not vice-versa. His mural “Huna” is painted on a pier in Saint-John, New Brunswick, and shows the extreme 28ft of tidal changes that happen every six hours in the city.

“Huna” is the portrait of a woman that one can only see when the water is completely out of the bay. You can only see her hands until she emerges fully, revealing a mural that covers almost three stories of concrete. Then, as the tide comes back, she is once again taken over by the ocean.

Watch this inspiring video showing HULA in full action, overcoming and embracing nature for his art.


POW! WOW! Korea

“Pow!” – you have been struck by art.

“Wow!” – you exclaim in awe.


Persue & Tristan Eaton


This is the sort of reaction that visitors of Pow! Wow! have most often as they enter the festival’s grounds. The festival takes its name from traditional Native American gatherings that celebrate history, art, and the preservation of their rich cultures. The pow-wow’s musical and festive aspect is what inspired the modern day international rendition of the urban arts festival.

For almost a decade, Pow! Wow! has grown exponentially, and expanded from Honolulu to various corners of the world. In each of its editions, it hosts not only mural and musical projects, but also organizes gallery shows, lectures, workshops, and live art installations.

In 2017, Pow! Wow!’s magic has expanded to yet another city and another country; this year the festivities also took place in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The eight-day festival featured ten local and overseas artists who painted seven murals, as well as various musical shows, film screenings, exhibitions and pop-up shops.

Pow! Wow!’s mission is to bring people together through creative endeavors, educate the youth about art and music, and to beautify communities. Check out the images by Brandon Shigeta to see how the festival brought color and soul to the South Korean city.



Laurence Vallieres


Andrew Hem

Yoon Hyup

Jay Flow


Royyal Dog


5 Books to (re)discover Street Art

If you, along with many other people, have been bitten by the street art bug, then you probably enjoy the historical insight into the contemporary movement just as much as you enjoy the aesthetic aspect of the artworks. Like with any artistic phenomenon, it is important to lurk in the shadows of its details in order to truly appreciate the bigger picture. In this case, you have laid your eyes upon the right article.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to five of the best books on street art if you want to move away from its mainstream representation and discover the less known, but nonetheless fascinating facets of the culture.


Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence

If understanding the deeper social context behind graffiti art’s propulsion into mainstream society is what peaks your interest, then Wall Writers is the book for you. Exploring the sociopolitical turmoil of the 60’s and 70’s, the book provides a detailed account of how graffiti became a movement of rebellion and revolution in itself. One of the most extensive works on the topic, Wall Writers is both visually compelling and a captivating read.


Lost Walls: eL Seed

An inspiring cultural journey across his native Tunisia, calligraffiti artist eL Seed travels across the country to paint over long-forgotten walls. Lost Walls is a month-long project, which resulted in 24 painted walls; but more than that, it is also a unique insight into the lives and history of the Tunisian people.

JR: Can Art



It’s called Can Artnot Cannot Art for a reason. An in-depth illustrative work on Parisian “photograffer” JR, Can Art is a journey through the artist’s career, and includes details on his solo work and big collaborative projects with other artists and institutions. Created in close collaboration with JR, this book also includes previously unpublished behind-the-scenes documentation of his studios in Paris and New York, where he and his creative collaborators created some of the world’s most provocative large-scale public photography projects.


Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art

This account of the relatively young graffiti art movement takes an exciting new angle on the phenomenon. Claudia Walde, aka graffiti artist Mad C, traveled to different corners of the world in order to meet the artists who took street art and transformed it into stickers, which now adorn cities’ surfaces. Sticker City features over 80 international artists and a striking photographic account of their artworks.

Street Renegades: New Underground Art

If Sticker City caught your attention, make sure to read this logical continuation of street art’s evolution. Francesca Gavin, the Street Renegades’ author, provides her readers with insight into the latest generation of street art. Frustrated by the corporate hijacking of their culture, have diversified their techniques, with different means of dissemination, different materials, different ways of getting their work noticed.  This book documents the new graffiti forms with photographs of the work and interviews with major players around the world.

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Mural by Kevin Ledo in tribute to Leonard Coen Mural Festival 2017

Kevin Ledo’s 9-storey tribute to Leonard Cohen

The magic of art lies in its ability to create something beautiful even out of dolorous events.

Leonard Cohen was no stranger to exploring the dark corners of his soul, whether it was in his poetry or his music. Born and raised in Montreal, Cohen pursued his studies in McGill University before becoming a published writer and later blessing the world with his musical talents. In November 2016, after six decades of a successful career, his death devastated the hearts of millions.

When Montreal artist Kevin Ledo was asked to pay tribute to the legendary artist during Mural Festival’s 5th edition in June 2017, he grasped onto the opportunity. The massiveness of the mural was a first not only for the artist himself, but it is also the largest mural created by the festival. The artwork was received with positive feedback from the public, most of whom were happy to have the legend back in his hometown, at only few feet from his last house.

Watch CBC Art’s documentation of how Leonard Cohen was immortalized by Kevin Ledo on a 9-storey building’s wall.