Posts Tagged ‘muralist’

Artist of the moment………..street artist Wesr


Wesr is a wonderful street artist now based out of Berlin, Germany. Wesr’s government name is Danny Figueroa.

Wesr was born in Chiclayo, Peru in the year 1980. Wesr grew up in Lima, Peru.  He began making street art in 1996.

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Two art movements that have influenced and inspired the artist are Japanese manga and the Pre-Inca cultures of his home country of Peru. This culture is called the Mochica.

Wesr is also a tattoo artist.

Below a link to the website of Wesr, many cool pictures here!

I enjoy the narrative quality of Wesr’s work. The artist does a great job at showing how cultures change due to societal attitudes. The artist also does a great job at depicting different textures, placing a lot of detail in many works.

Below a great interview with Wesr:





Artist of the moment…….Marilyn Minter



Marilyn Minter is an American artist born in Shreveport, Louisiana in the year 1948. Minter has worked in multiple mediums including digital art, photography, and painting.

Minter studied first at the University of Florida before attending Syracuse University and earning a M.F.A.

The artist has been a participant in the Whitney and Venice Biennials.

Minter’s work often explores sexuality and in this clip a brief preview of an upcoming show in April where feet are explored:

Minter is part of the faculty at New York’s famed college, the School of Visual Arts.

A very well received series of photographs was made by Minter that included her mother who was a drug addict. Her photographs are in color and in black and white. My favorite works are those of female lips. She doesn’t use a computer to manipulate her photographs.

Her paintings are also based on digital information. Whilst in the Photoshop program Minter combines negatives of multiple photographs to create an entirely new piece of art. For her paintings Minter uses enamel on aluminum. The latter layers of paint are applied via the fingertips. She uses assistants for this part of her work.

Below a wonderful clip showing images of female lips.

Minter is now based out of New York City.

Below is a link to the website of Marilyn Minter:

Minter has a great talent for capturing a very unique part of the body in both her photography and paintings, the mouth and tongue.



Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Ganzeer



Ganzeer is an Egyptian street artist who has made the jump to Pop Art star after the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Ganzeer works in many mediums including graphic design, installations, stencils, comic books, and public art. Ganzeer’s government name is Mohamed Fahmy.

The artist calls his work Concept Pop Art. The idea is to take a very iconic image and make people more aware of the problem. Fahmy often has painted murals of those who died during a political event.

Before the revolution occurred street art was seldom seen anywhere in Egypt. Ganzeer was one of the first artists to use his art to promote a political agenda.

His work has been shown in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.

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Below a link to the website of Ganzeer:

Ganzeer is now based out of Brooklyn, New York. Below a brief interview with Ganzeer talking about his  adventures in America:




Artist of the moment………Maya Hayuk



Maya Hayuk is a contemporary American street artist renown for her abstract work with geometric shapes. Maya Hayuk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in the year 1969.

Hayuk attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design located in Boston. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Art and also in Odessa, Urkaine.

The artist works in various sizes from multiple story size murals to smaller works such as the hamburger in the gallery.

In 2013 the artist was chosen for a show at the gallery of the University of California at Los Angeles. In this clip we visit this show:

In addition to painting Hayuk has worked in many mediums including photography, printmaking, and writing. She has also curated many exhibitions.

Hayuk draws on patterns that exist in real life including mandalas and patterns found on manicured nail art. Mandalas are part of the Hindu and Buddhist religions and they are circular shapes that represent the universe.

Below the artist talks about a very large mural she created:

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Below a link to the website of Maya Hayuk:

The artist has a wonderful sense of design and color. Her shapes and bold color choices remind me of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes.




Artist of the moment………Street Artist L7M


L7M is a fantastic street artist renown for his depictions of birds. L7M also goes by the name of Luis Martins. Luis Martins was born in the year 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil. The artist began working with spray paint at the age of thirteen.

In this clip we view L7M work on some human portraits:

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Below we view more works by L7m from an exhibit in Luxembourg. Many birds and human faces are featured:

Often L7M works with mixed media including ink, pastel, and acrylics.

I really enjoy the artist’s mixture of abstraction and realism in his artwork. Especially interesting are the images of birds with their wings flapping in motion.


Artist of the moment………….Mona Caron




Mona Caron is a contemporary artist renown for her murals which feature a birds eye view of the location. In addition to the view from above the artist often paints how the current location used to look, how it looks now, and how it may look in the future.

Mona Caron was born in Ticino, Switzerland. This is an Italian speaking part of the country. Her father was a theater and opera set designer.

Here we see many images of Mona Caron’s signature botanical works:

Mona Caron was born in Switzerland and briefly attended the University of Swizerland located in Zurich before moving to San Francisco, California where she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art. Caron received a B.F.A. after studying illustration.

In addition to landscapes Caron enjoys painting floral and botanical images.

An interview with Mona Caron talking about her life and art:

Below a link to the website of Mona Caron:

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If you enjoy looking at street art featuring flowers check out my post on Guy Diehl. Dyanna Hesson is another artist who paints large flowers, large but not mural size!





Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Team Etam Cru


Etam Cru consists of artists from Poland named Sainer and Bezt. Bezt was born in Turek, Poland in the year 1987. Sainer was born in Lodz, Poland in the year 1988.

The duo met each other when they were attending the Academy of Fine Art located in Lodz, Poland. Both artists work in the commercial and graphics design field.



In this clip we visit the studio of Etam Cru and see them at work:

Here we see the artists at work on a very large scale. Not only are the characters very animated and lifelike, we must remember in some cases the figures might be 5 stories high. The team is great at depicting subjects difficult for most artists, fabric and clothes and also hands:


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A link to the website of Etam Cru:



Artist of the moment…….Irving Norman

Irving Norman was born in Vilna, Russian Empire in the year 1906. After World War 2 this area became the country of Poland. Norman was a Surrealist painter and was adept and painting large groupings of people. His family came to the United States in 1923. The family lived in New York City and he became a barber.

For his artistic education Norman attended the California School of Fine Arts. Norman studied at the Art Students League of New York City where he mentored under Robert Beverly Hale, a master at painting and drawing the figure.

Norman was influenced by Pablo Picasso and the great Mexican muralist painters including Diego Rivera and more so Jose Orozco. Norman worked in watercolors, oils, and was an excellent draftsman.

Norman was under surveillance by the F.B.I. for his political beliefs.

Norman has been part of the shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

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If you enjoy this type of Surrealism be sure and check out painter Hillary Harkness, already profiled here. Harkness paints in great detail large groups of women at sea and on boats. A true woman’s world. Below is an example of Hilary Harkness, she enjoys painting large groups of women on boats much of the time:

In this clip we view a show by Irving Norman:

In this clip curators speak about the art of Irving Norman:

Irving Norman passed away in 1989.

What a wonderful Surrealist painter!


Artist of the moment…..George Biddle

George Biddle was an America artist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1885. Biddle was one of America’s first “social realist” painters and took part in the Works Progress Administration painting murals. Biddle received a college degree from Harvard where he studied law. The artist passed the bar in Pennsylvania.

George Biddle moved to Paris, France and enrolled at the Academie Julian. Biddle then moved back to the United States and enrolled at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. The artist then went to Munich, Germany where he studied printmaking.

Biddle moved back to the United States where he got married and joined the army. His marriage failed and Biddle traveled to Tahiti to forget his troubles.

Biddle moved to New York City and made a great name for himself as an artist with many successful shows. The artist also married for the second time.

Price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $30,000. The artist worked in oils, watercolor, and also worked with lithography.

Biddle then moved back to Paris, France to further his art studies and worked as a printmaker. The artist met Diego Rivera and was moved by the messages of Rivera and his fellow muralist painters. Biddle was inspired to return to the United States and complete some murals of his own. He vowed to make his work political and social in nature, similar to what he saw in his travels with Rivera.

In this clip a great montage of works by George Biddle:

His second marriage ended and he would begin a new relationship with an artist named Helene Sardeau. The couple  moved to Rome, Italy where both artists worked vigorously exploring new medium. The couple then returned to Biddle’s estate in the U.S. Biddle prepared his idea to create a mural program similar to the one he saw implemented in Mexico. Biddle explained his idea to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the president of the United States. The president favored the idea and began the program.

Biddle’s first mural was in 1933, for the Chicago World’s Fair.

Biddle was even assigned to be the head of United States War Artists. He produced several drawings and watercolors of the war front.

George Biddle passed away in 1973.

Though I have written before about the WPA and some of its artists, I had no idea the arts program here was patterned after what George Biddle had witnessed on his trips to Mexico and by being friends with Diego Rivera.