Street art has been present in our society for decades and is viewed as one the most popular forms of art. Graffiti is also the most available form of visual arts in many cities. Colorful murals and tags have now become integral parts of urban landscapes. Some talented artists have found success in both street art and fine art, creating a large fan base and making a ton of money. In recent years street art has had more exposure and influence than ever before.
Although graffiti is a part of most major cities, some believe it to be treading a fine line between art and vandalism. The following is a list of the most influential and recognizable street artists from around the globe. The following artists have the ability to communicate their messages in the most uncongenial and gritty locations.
The following artists are each unique and have individually helped mold street art into what it is today. Street art includes graffiti, stencils, tile-mosaics and more, and the following artist comes from all different places attempting to impact the world through their art.
8 Guerrilla Girls
7 Ron English
6 COST and REVS
5 Shepard Fairey
4 Futura 2000
2 Keith Haring
1 Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat is number one on this list for a reason. Before he became a household name and hung out with artists like Warhol, Futura and Haring, Basquiat was a homeless runaway who would graffiti under the name “SAMO” around New York City. Between 1976 and 1988, Basquiat was more than active in the art world. Throughout his short life, Basquiat managed to work his way to the top of the ladder, landing himself in galleries and continuing to put work up on the street. His work aided in defining a new generation of artists. Artists often try to duplicate his work stylistically, however the power of his work is rarely matched. Basquiat who had begun acting paranoid and had been abusing heavy drugs was found dead at the age of 27 years old from a combination of heroine and cocaine, better known as “speedballing.” Basquiat's influence on the world of street art is still very much alive and his style of work still motivates and inspires artists of today.
Sources: stencilrevolution.com, guerrillagirls.com, artsy.net, banksy.co.uk, futura2000.com
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