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Telmo Miel, the artist duo consisting of Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, brings their surreal, distinct collaborative work to Thinkspace Projects with a new show. "Encounters," opening on February 1, offers several pieces created over the past year.

Oscar Oiwa brings his immersie mural work to USC Pacific Asia Museum with the new installation "Dreams of a Sleeping World." The artist describes this new work as a "360° dreamscape," created over two weeks and handrawn with 120 Sharpie markers. Oiwa was last featured on here.

Barcelona-born muralist Saturno has a knack for the monstrous. The artist recently brought his lush and startling style to walls in London, Los Angeles, and recently, Miami, alongside the annual festivals nearby. His work blends pop culture with a more classical sense of refinement. (Top photo by Drone_Exelbierd.)
Kitt Bennett's "aerial mural work" was recently combined with satellite technology to craft the world's most massive independently created piece of "gif-iti" (or GIF-style graffiti) on 96,875-square-feet of waterfront space in Australia. The work, crafted by Bennett alongside collective Juddy Roller, features 10 figures that craft a "moving" scene when viewed as such below. Bennett was last featured on our site here.
Chicago-based artist Joey D. has garnered a reputation for his pop-surrealist murals and animations. His work recalls, in some cases, '90s-era animation and the iconography of the Chicago area.
Using sub-pixel techniques and additive color theory, Aches creates murals and portraits that reflect today’s digital world with analogue spraypaint and acrylics. The Irish artist, whose work has been seen in Spain, Denmark, England, Switzerland, the U.S., and beyond, applies this experimentation to large figurative works, gallery portraits, and traditional graffiti text.
Paris-based duo MonkeyBird is known for enormous stencil work on walls across the globe. Their anthropomorphic figures, often rendered as black-and-white line drawings, are set against gorgeously rendered architecture and Nouveau designs. Recent work has always taken the pair’s work inside spaces.
VILE’s illusionary murals often use the artist’s own moniker as windows into fictional places, whether a continuation of the inhabited space or another dimension. Elsewhere, the artist presents figures that live along the contours of a room or outdoor locale. In recent years, he's participated in projects in Germany, Portugal, London, and beyond.
Juanjo Surace’s expertise in animation and character design comes through the murals he crafts on walls across the globe. His surreal work often confronts themes from our own reality, from death and solitude to technology and consumption. The above work, "The Trip," was painted over 14 days in Vinaròs.
Ella & Pitr recently painted Europe's biggest mural, beating their own record set a few years back. The rooftop piece, at 25,000 square meters, has been dubbed the “largest grandmother in the world.” The duo was last featured on here.
Italian artist PixelPancho is known for a fascination with robots, yet his massive murals go beyond contemplations on technology and into metaphysical territory. His work, found on walls across the world, offer an interconnected narrative from piece to piece, gradually unfolding the painter's broad examination of what it means to be human.
In Aryz's recent, enormous murals, the painter is able to emulate the loose traits of a pencil or crayon sketch. The effect is deceptively simple, with the artist's broad strokes and figurative decisions creating a kinetic and striking final product. The artist was previously featured here, showcasing a style that varies from his current approach.
The murals of Dimitris Taxis recall his experience in both comics and cinematography. The Poland-born, Athens-based artist has emerged as a force in public art for his distinct works, often depicting solitary scenes in a style not often seen on walls. Recent sites include Italy and his native Poland.
Insa recently crafted a mural that comes alive when viewed through his app, GIF-iti, for the D&AD design festival in London. Resembling a computer desktop, complete with the folders “Final Revision," “Definitely Last Final Revision," and "Absolutely Last Final Revision," the project is packed with humor and vibrancy. The process recalls the work of MOMO and more recently, mapping projects.
Oliver Vernon just finished his largest mural ever, a massive project organized by Kirk Gallery in Denmark. Working 12-hour days over two weeks, he created a piece that reflects his dynamic, abstract style. Vernon was last featured on here.
Gina Kiel’s vibrant murals are informed by the spaces and walls they inhabit across the globe. Her work has recently adorned spots in New Zealand, Hawaii, and Mexico.

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When the first-ever END-to-END festival recently landed in Charlotte, N.C., it added nearly two-dozen murals to the 76-acre Camp North End, which began its existence as a Model T factory and is a now a burgeoning mixed-use site with industrial structures in-tact. Among the artists: The London Police (last featured on here), Fabian Williams, James Moore (last featured here), Hnin Nie (last featured here), and several others.
With Nick Napoletano’s new interactive mural “Parallel,” the painting comes alive using live interactive projections. Napoletano worked with 3D artist Peter Godshall on the project, in which real-time user input technology allows viewers to affect what’s happening on the painted, two-sided visage and “experience augmented reality without the need for an external viewing device,” the artist says. (Napoletano was last featured on here.)
Telmo Miel just completed a new mural as part of Kirk Gallery's Out in the Open 2019 festival, which accompanies their solo show at the Denmark space. The duo, comprised of Dutch artists Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, are known for wowing inside and outside of galleries with their vibrant figurative works. Their solo show, "Exquisite Waste of Time," runs through June 8. Telmo Miel was last featured on here.
Paola Delfín’s riveting murals, though monochromatic, are teeming with life on walls across the world. The artist’s recent works, adorning structures in Belgium, Cuba, and Cayman Islands, move between eye-level and towering works, such as the The Crystal Ship piece shown above and below. The artist was born in Mexico City.
The wild public works of muralist Sebastian Coolidge transport passers-by to a cartoonish world that has notes of both classic animation and Lowbrow art. The Florida-based artist has recently painted walls in Kansas City, his native state, Reno, and beyond. As seen below, a recent project at a festival also showed a knack for crafting interactive works.
Darel Carey takes something as simple as a line and creates new worlds and dimensions. The artist says that the work is partially intended to transform the space it inhabits, taking a flat surface and crafting entirely new depth. His projects have recently appeared in the Museum of Selfies, Edwardsville Arts Center, and other spaces. These spacial explorations share a kinship with the work of Felipe Pantone and others who alter everyday canvases.
Mehdi Ghadyanloo's grand, massive murals are both autobiographical and tell of a potential future. Recent work, adorning large structures, Davos, Linz, Boston, Tehran, and beyond, integrate the building’s characteristics into the design. See works from recent years below.
There’s both an elegance and jarring quality in the otherworldly creations of Caratoes. The artist shares these disfigured characters in both murals and gallery works, moving between monochromatic and vibrant hues. The artist had a recent installation at Superchief Gallery’s Miami location during Miami Art Week.
Adam Kiyoshi Fujita’s spraypainted murals appear as neon lights on walls across the world. Though a 25-year veteran of crafting work in public spaces, this specific style, evoking neon tube lighting evolved in response to the current presidential administration. In this past, his work has also responded to issues around police violence, gender issues, and other social topics.
Levalet’s site-specific public drawings use the contours and restrictions of a space to create the unexpected. His absurdist humor appears inside and outside a variety of structures, dangling above passers-by or using objects in disarray to his advantage. Recent pieces have popped up in France and Italy.
Kitt Bennett’s stirring, graphical murals have a particular resonance on paved parking lots, sprawling across urban spaces. The sheer size of these works gives viewers the chance to examine the details of his murals on an intimate level. For the past few years, the Melbourne-based artist has built a reputation in both illustration and public art (and he held a a solo show in a public toilet in 2015).
The work of Pakistan-born, Australia-based artist Khadim Ali explores history, traditional art practices, and the artist’s own identity. Much of his work has been influenced by the 10th-century epic poem “Shahnama/The Book of Kings,” and is often expressed in classical miniatures, murals and calligraphy.
Muralist Eron crafts enormous works that bring both atypical textures and historical context to the structures. One recent piece by the artist (below) “is dedicated to the history of the village and to the destructive fire that was deliberately set in retaliation for italian partisan activities on 3 July, 1944,” the artist shared on Instagram. “The fire destroyed most of the houses.”
After three years, Pat Perry has finished a series that represents another major shift for the painter. With the upcoming exhibition “National Lilypond Songs" at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan, he shows this new body of work that offers both reflective and piercing moments against quiet landscapes. Perry was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 35, in a feature that talks about the artist's journalist-like approach to his work.

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