Street Art, also known as Urban Art, is an artistic movement that developed in major cities around the world from the 1960s. It is a form of visual art that takes place in public space, usually on the walls and facades of buildings.
It is a rich and diverse artistic movement that brings together artists with very different styles and approaches. Whether through graffiti, tags, stencils or collages, Street Art is a living and constantly evolving form of art that reflects society and the concerns of its time.
Street Art was born in the 1960s in the United States, particularly in New York and Los Angeles, thanks to artists who wanted to express their creativity in unconventional ways and stand out from the artistic establishment. It is primarily a movement of rebellion and protest that allows artists to freely express themselves and convey a political or social message. This is how the first graffiti was born, which quickly gained momentum in the 1970s and 1980s.
Over the years, it has experienced a real explosion and has become a movement in its own right. Many artists have turned to this form of street art, attracted by its freedom of creation and the possibility of reaching a wide audience. Among the most famous artists of the Street Art movement are :
* Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960, known for his works inspired by African-American culture and art history,
* Keith Haring, born in 1958, who popularized graffiti by democratizing it and making it accessible to all,
* Banksy, an anonymous artist who made a name for himself in the 2000s with his incisive and often political works,
* Shepard Fairey, an American artist and designer known for his political posters and graffiti, including his creation of the "Hope" poster for Barack Obama,
* Dean Stockton, also known as DFace, a British artist specializing in graffiti and Street Art,
* Bradley Theodore, a contemporary artist known for his paintings of portraits of celebrities and public figures,
* Combo, a French artist specializing in graffiti and Street Art,
* Bambi, a British artist known for her paintings of strong and independent women and her practice of street art, which combines Street Art and feminism.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is an American avant-garde painter of Haitian and Puerto Rican origin, a pioneer of the New York underground
In his style made of graphs and energy, of art naive very inspired by the visuals of Afro-Caribbean painting, thus joining primitivism, where violence and humor easily cohabit, Basquiat has become a reference and a symbol; the star, incredibly brilliant and ephemeral, of a generation lost between drugs and AIDS...