Street Artists express themselves in public space through art, colour and graphics – and South Africa has it’s fair share of talent.
But how can one apply this skill practically? Brand activations, events, live graffiti shows, decorating restaurants and bars, urban design partnerships make these talented and hard working street artists in demand, and gives them a significant role in society.
- Mak1one hails from Mitchell’s Plain and specialises in murals. He hosts workshops at schools and works with partners to access communities where graffiti art will have a positive impact. His artwork also makes an impression on the famous Charlie’s Bakery building in The Cape Town Fringe.
“The beauty of the art form is that it cuts across all boundaries – be they racial, financial, language or educational. All you need is a can, a surface and time to paint.” Mak1one
- This female artist makes profound statements with her work, often choosing harsh backdrops and making bold messages with her artwork. Faith47 has exhibited internationally in London and New York.
An inspiring project she was involved in was the #AnotherLightUp Twitter campaign (2014) .
Initially studying as a graphic designer, Falko one realised that art was his passion and his work soon became a recognised feature around the Cape Flats and later, around the country.
He has since worked with brands like Addidas and Red Bull. Career highlights include participating in the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations and creating murals for the build-up to the Olympics 2004 in Greece.
Buffy Brave Art
- The most enigmatic of the list,
Buffy Brave Art‘s shady past includes living on the street and avoiding the army.
You’re likely to have seen his work at Kloof Street’s Rafika’s or the tourist popular Mama Africa on Long – his graphics have also graced the walls of Caprice and Pickwicks.
- According to an interview with One Small Seed, Buffy sees his work as “graff”, even though he paints with a brush. He says he hates that graffiti artists have this elitist view that you have to use a spraycan. “No matter how you do it, just get it on the wall is my view”, he says.