A prominent player in Russia’s burgeoning street art scene, Rustam QBic paints enormous walls that feature colorful, illustration-inspired imagery that stands out against the bright snow. The artist recently painted a mural called “Blossom” in Nizhny Novgorod for New City, the metropolis’s first street art festival. “Blossom” alludes to the power of the imagination. As they hunch over their books, three boys’ heads bloom into pink peonies. QBic’s storybook-like murals often feature youthful characters navigating their surreal settings, where mundane objects often transform into dreamlike amalgamations of symbols. Take a look at some of QBic’s latest murals below.
London-based, internationally recognized street artist Above will debut his latest body work, “Remix,” at Inner State Gallery in Detroit for his first US solo show in five years this Friday, November 21. Known for his signature upward-pointing arrow, which Above has propagated in more than 100 cities since 2001, the anonymous artist is taking a new approach to his famous image for “Remix.”
Only a few days before opening her October 30 solo show at Cinders Gallery in New York, Maya Hayuk finished a mural in Toronto, her second large-scale intervention in Canada. The 300-foot-long piece is separated into 12 sections and the lengthy wall can be considered a permanent open-air exhibition with 12 individual works.
San Francisco-based artist Zio Ziegler’s work requires two levels of the viewer’s attention. There are the large figures almost always present in his canvases, drawings and murals — Cubist-inspired bodies whose heads and limbs appear splayed out the surface. Ziegler stitches together these characters with intricate, collage-like patterns that often evoke indigenous, South American folk art forms. The repeating patterns within each figure inform our understand of the larger whole. His solo show “Intuitivism” opens tomorrow, November 15, at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland. Earlier this week, the artist painted a large-scale mural on the corner of 17th St. and Webster St. Take a look at some photos of the mural as well as a preview of the exhibition below.
Taking cue from street art’s global influence, Urban Forms in Lodz, Poland is turning their city into a large, outdoor urban art gallery. Founded in 2009, the main idea of this project was to change the city center by creating large-format artworks directly on the facades of buildings. This project has resulted in over 30 large murals scattered around the city by international and Polish artists, including works by Os Gemeos, Aryz, Etam Cru and Inti from past years.
Barcelona recently hosted a group of international artists for the Openwalls Conference, a street art festival featuring Alexis Diaz, Madsteez, M-city, Escif, Joao Lelo, Pastel, 310, Spogo and Kenor. While the above-mentioned artists created murals across the city’s historical architecture, artists such as Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada gave lectures and hosted workshops. The murals were diverse and included illustrative styles (such as Escif and Alexis Diaz’s pieces) as well as colorful abstraction (see Kenor and Joao Lelo’s work). Photographer Fernando Alcala captured the highlights of the event.