Street Art // Friday, January 18, 2013
“The people feed communism to the beast” is the title of this collaborative mural between street artists, Roa and Ever, painted in the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This striking piece shows the head of Chairman Mao (Ever) being offered to a sea elephant (Roa). An unusual combination of images from two artists with different esthetics, but manages to work well in this particular context.
Street Art // Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Just because we are fresh in the new year doesn't mean Belgian-artist, ROA (although we assume he hasn't been home in about 36 months) isn't already hard at work. Our friends at Buenos Aires Street Art just reported and documented ROA's new mural piece in BA, and unlike his personality, he went for a street sloth. Here's to another year of ROA pieces popping up worldwide...
Street Art // Friday, November 30, 2012
“I will only paint native species in a country, unless it were relevant to the location, like an abandoned zoo or something” Roa has painted native species large and small around the glob and is the subject of MOCAtv’s newest segment entitled “Dominant Species.” Roa’s thoughts on the world around him, humans relationship with animals, and art, are narrated by a traditional documentary voice.
Street Art // Monday, November 26, 2012
In Australia for his solo exhibition “Carrion” at Backwoods Gallery, Roa unsurprisingly already painted a few spots with his black and white animals. The native mountain pygmy possum and platypus were both subjects of the artist’s newest walls in Victora. For a possum, it sure looks adorable and huggable.
Street Art // Sunday, November 25, 2012
If not yet, soon, Roa will have painted every animal known to exist in just about every city in the world. Well, that may be a stretch, but Roa appears to be everywhere, painting everything, all the time. Down in Australia, the artist will be showing new work at Backwoods Gallery opening November 30, 2012. We suggest you go. Do it.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 22, 2012
Next Monday, October 29th, we are set to premier the documentary filmed during the work made for one of 2012's best street art festivals, All City Canvas Mexico City. We were lucky enough to be in Mexico City for the majority of the festival, and were able to see importrant and historical districts of the city transformed by some of the best talents in contemporary muralism and street art. As part of our teasing of the video, we look back at the work of Escif, Interesni Kazki, and ROA. More in the coming days...
Street Art // Thursday, October 18, 2012
Earlier this year, Juxtapoz took a trip to Tucson, Arizona to document a number of international artists painting massive disused Military airplanes and cockpits for a project entitled The Boneyard Project. A variation of eclectic styles adorned each piece of aviation and an opening reception displaying the planes was held at the Pima Art and Space Museum. ROA’s plane was painted alone much after all the events and everyone had left, surely a tranquil desert experience for the artist.
Street Art // Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Los Murals Hablan translated in English to The Talking Walls, is in full swing in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The mural festival started on October 4, 2012 and has brought international street artists Sego, Aryz, Jaz, Roa, Ever, Neuzz, and a hoard of local artists together to decorate local walls. Here are photos of some of the progress that has been made, finished photos to come.
Street Art // Friday, October 05, 2012
One thing you notice walking the streets of Johannesburg is everything is hand painted, with vinyl signs having little presence. Espo started another mural that is twice as big as the previous “Stay Up” mural and while they worked away, we walked around. Local artist Faith 47 happened to be putting up work around the corner from where were staying, so we briefly chatted with her.
Street Art // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Often when traveling to unknown lands, in this case Johannesburg, one can create certain expectations in their head and discover the exact opposite. After a few days running around, are initial skepticism of Joburg has been revoked and anything but negative. Aside from countless memorable adventures from our hospitable hosts and curators of the event, /ANDPEOPLE, we have witnessed two massive murals by ESPO and ROA come to completion.