In this three-part series, artnet News aims to find the best and brightest street artists working today, from known entities to emerging artists flying under the radar. See Part I here and Part II here.
His works may get washed off the walls of Rome within hours, but the Italian street artist still manages to make noise with his pointedly hopeful depictions of Pope Francis, most notably as “Superpope.”
22. Meres One
The visionary mind behind the former graffiti mecca 5Pointz in Queens, New York, Meres One is so dedicated to his craft that his personal motto is “I don’t do graff, I am graff.”
23. Mint & Serf
The brothers may have lamented the loss of the “underground element” of street art to artnet News’s Anthony Haden-Guest in 2015, but that didn’t stop them from having a secret pop-up exhibition at a condemned New York parking garage.
Olek’s crocheted creations aren’t what one normally thinks of when one hears street art—all the more reason that her brightly-colored work is exciting for breaking open boundaries. Whether she’s adorning the Astor Place Cube with her creation or creating an astonishingly large billboard supporting Hillary Clinton, Olek’s work is surprisingly at home in an urban setting.
Sometimes street artists don’t survive the transition to the gallery, but Los Angeles graffiti legend Revok is finding new ways to push the medium, showing in the white cube with the city street signs he once painted illegally, now purchased from the manufacturers.
The appropriately-named Stik elevates the stick figure to an art form, imbuing his colorful works around London with socially-conscious messages about empathy and unity.
The queen of wheatpaste, Swoon, creates gorgeous portraits that slowly decay over time. In 2014, the New York-based artist broke into the art world with a large-scale installation at the Brooklyn Museum, and has been gaining ground ever since.
The Portuguese street artist stands out from others in the field by eschewing the spray paint can in favor of chisels and power drills, carving dramatic relief sculptures into the sides of buildings.